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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Agreeing; harmonizing.
Th' according music of a well mixt state.
2. Suitable; agreeable; in accordance with.
In these senses, the word agrees with or refers to a sentence.
Our zeal should be according to knowledge.
Noble is the fame that is built on candor and ingenuity, according to those beautiful lines of Sir John Denham.
Here the whole preceding parts of the sentence are to accord, i.e. agree with, correspond with, or be suitable to, what follows. According, here, has its true participial sense, agreeing, and is always followed by to. It is never a preposition.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with; "according to instructions"
2: (followed by `to') as reported or stated by; "according to historians"

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. 1 (foll. by to) a as stated by or in (according to my sister; according to their statement). b in a manner corresponding to; in proportion to (he lives according to his principles). 2 (foll. by as + clause) in a manner or to a degree that varies as (he pays according as he is able).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

According Ac*cord"ing, adv. Accordingly; correspondingly. [Obs.] --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Accord Ac*cord", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accorded; p. pr. & vb. n. According.] [OE. acorden, accorden, OF. acorder, F. accorder, fr. LL. accordare; L. ad + cor, cordis, heart. Cf. Concord, Discord, and see Heart.] 1. To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust; -- followed by to. [R.] Her hands accorded the lute's music to the voice. --Sidney. 2. To bring to an agreement, as persons; to reconcile; to settle, adjust, harmonize, or compose, as things; as, to accord suits or controversies. When they were accorded from the fray. --Spenser. All which particulars, being confessedly knotty and difficult can never be accorded but by a competent stock of critical learning. --South. 3. To grant as suitable or proper; to concede; to award; as, to accord to one due praise. ``According his desire.'' --Spenser.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

According Ac*cord"ing, p. a. Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. ``This according voice of national wisdom.'' --Burke. ``Mind and soul according well.'' --Tennyson. According to him, every person was to be bought. --Macaulay. Our zeal should be according to knowledge. --Sprat. Note: According to has been called a prepositional phrase, but strictly speaking, according is a participle in the sense of agreeing, acceding, and to alone is the preposition. According as, precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which. According as is an adverbial phrase, of which the propriety has been doubted; but good usage sanctions it. See According, adv. Is all things well, According as I gave directions? --Shak. The land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised. --Ex. xii. 25.

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