according voices raised in censure.
to be in agreement or harmony; agree.
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.
Contemporary Examples

Despite the look of plenty, it had not been a good one, according to one villager.
A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma Katya Cengel June 1, 2014

according to Somers, we should all be taking personalized bioidentical hormones based on our stool samples instead.
Suzanne Somers’s 13 Craziest Quotes: Sex, Adam Lanza, Patrick Swayze, and More Amy Zimmerman October 29, 2013

In the end, he cast 634 votes for himself, according to court documents.
From Frat House to Jail: Student Heads to Prison After Election Fraud Eliza Shapiro July 18, 2013

according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the animal is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”
Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too Joanna Eede February 17, 2014

according to friends, the brothers ran with a fast crowd in their twenties.
Rift Imperils Ground Zero Mosque Asra Q. Nomani August 29, 2010

Historical Examples

according to Gardiner, she was by this time bestowing her favors upon Pym.
Browning’s England Helen Archibald Clarke

You will keep this money, investing it according to your best judgment.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

They shewed to every guest a skeleton: this, according to some, was to make them think of death.
Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus

according to my promise, I saw the minister on the following day.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

Yes, according to our poor rules; but according to nature, it is another matter.
Diderot and the Encyclopdists John Morley

(foll by to) in proportion; in relation: salary 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 on: it’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
(transitive) to grant; bestow

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.)).
see: of one’s own accord


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