Acco'rding. prep. [from accord.]
- In manner suitable to, agreeably to, in proportion.
Our churches are places provided, that the people might there assemble themselves in due and decent manner, according to their several degrees and orders. Hooker, b. v. § 13.
Our zeal, then, should be according to knowledge. And what kind of knowledge? Without all question, first, according to the true, saving, evangelical knowledge. It should be according to the gospel, the whole gospel: not only according to its truths, but precepts: not only according to its free grace, but necessary duties: not only according to its mysteries, but also its commandments. Sprat's Sermons.
How much more noble is the same that is built on candour and ingenuity, according to those beautiful lines of Sir John Denham, in his Poem on Fletcher's works. Addis. Spect.
A man may, with prudence and a good conscience, approve of the professed principles of one party more than the other, according as he thinks they best promote the good of church and state. Swift on the Sentiments of a Church of Engl. man.
- With regard to.
God made all things in number, weight, and measure, and gave them to be considered by us according to these properties, which are inherent in created beings. Holder on Time.