[ uh-kawr-ding ]
/ əˈkɔr dɪŋ /


agreeing: according voices raised in censure.

Origin of according

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

Definition for according (2 of 2)


[ uh-kawrd ]
/ əˈkɔrd /

verb (used without object)

to be in agreement or harmony; agree.

verb (used with object)


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 forms
Can be confusedaccord afford

Synonym study

1. See correspond. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for according

British Dictionary definitions for according (1 of 2)


/ (əˈkɔːdɪŋ) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for according (2 of 2)


/ (əˈkɔːd) /



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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Idioms and Phrases with according


see of one's own accord.

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