agreeing: according voices raised in censure.

Origin of according

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at accord, -ing2



verb (used without object)

to be in agreement or harmony; agree.

verb (used with object)

to make agree or correspond; adapt.
to grant; bestow: to accord due praise.
Archaic. to settle; reconcile.


proper relationship or proportion; harmony.
a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.
consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.
an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.


    of one's own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily: We did the extra work of our own accord.

Origin of accord

1100–50; Middle English ac(c)corden, late Old English acordan < Old French acorder < Vulgar Latin *accordāre, equivalent to Latin ac- ac- + cord- heart, mind; see cordial, heart
Related formsac·cord·a·ble, adjectiveac·cord·er, nounnon·ac·cord, nounpre·ac·cord, noun, verb (used without object)un·ac·cord·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cord·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cord·ed, adjective
Can be confusedaccord afford

Synonyms for accord

Synonym study

1. See correspond.

Antonyms for accord Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for according



(foll by to) in proportion; in relationsalary will be according to age and experience
(foll by to) on the report (of); as stated (by)
(foll by to) in conformity (with); in accordance (with)everything went according to plan
(foll by as) depending (on whether)
not standard dependent onit's all according where you want to go



agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)
consent or concurrence of opinion
with one accord unanimously
pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony
a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise
of one's own accord voluntarily


to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
(tr) to grant; bestow
Derived Formsaccordable, adjectiveaccorder, noun

Word Origin for accord

C12: via Old French from Latin ad- to + cord-, stem of cor heart
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Word Origin and History for according

c.1300, "matching, similar, correponding," present participle adjective and adverb from accord (v.). Meanings "conforming (to), compliant, in agreement; consistent, harmonious; suitable, appropriate" are from late 14c. According to "referring to," literally "in a manner agreeing with" is attested from mid-15c.



early 12c., from Old French acorder (12c.) "reconcile, agree, be in harmony," from Vulgar Latin *accordare "make agree," literally "be of one heart, bring heart to heart," from Latin ad- "to" + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Related: Accorded; according.



late 13c., accourd, from Old French acord "agreement," a back-formation from acorder (see accord (v.)).

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Idioms and Phrases with according


see of one's own accord.

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