American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- conj. Corresponding to the way in which; precisely as.
- conj. Depending on whether; if.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- agreeably, conformably, or proportionately as.
- adv. precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which.
- adv. To the proportion or degree that.
- adv. Depending on whether.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which.
According asis an adverbial phrase, of which the propriety has been doubted; but good usage sanctions it. See According, adv.
“Exegetes who find metre in the Psalms are of four schools, according as they explain”
“The other classes are in ranks, or the line of file-closers, according as they are sergeants, guides, or privates.”
“King Philip my grandfather told me, that one should reward one's servants, one more and another less, according as to how they perform their service; and he used to say, moreover, that no one could be a good ruler of a land, if he did not know how to refuse as boldly asto grant.”
“So that a man may say his Religion is now no more within himself, but is become a dividual movable, and goes and comes near him according as that good man frequents the house.”
“We watch these renewals with a solicitude inconceivable to those who study politics as they do a new opera, and have nothing to apprehend from the personal characters of Ministers; and our hopes and fears vary according as the members elected are Moderates, Doubtfuls, or decided Mountaineers.”
“And I must further proceed to observe, that to all his laws, and to each separately, the legislator should prefix a preamble; he should remember how great will be the difference between them, according as they have, or have not, such preambles, as in the case already given.”
“The latter are strictly diocesan or interdiocesan, according as they are confined to a single diocese, or are scattered over several.”
“And if any matter occur in which the bailiffs or sheriffs or others such as serjeants or foresters act contrary to their oaths and be attainted of so doing, it is our will that they be punished in their goods and in their persons, according as the offence demands, and the bailiffs shall be punished by us, and the rest by the bailiffs.”
“Between Samuel Hoare's hospitable roof and the Hummums in Covent Garden Crabbe seems to have alternated, according as his engagements in town required.”
“You will then see, according as the day is warm or cold, that the air contracts under the action of cold, and expands under the action of heat; as will be seen by the water rising when the air contracts, and sinking when it dilates.”
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