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  1. (idiomatic) Based on what is said or stated by; on the authority of.
  2. In a manner conforming or corresponding to; in proportion to.
  3. Depending on.
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Only Basildon and Thurrock General had a worse record than the Royal Bolton Hospital, according to the Department of Health.
The number of working days lost due to sickness for police officers is continuing to fall, according to a new Greater Manchester Police report.
Keep in mind that rates for personal jewelry insurance may vary according to your state or country.
Scotland is facing a serious future skills gap with an ageing and shrinking working population, according to a new study.
A cheaper price should raise some red flags as to the quality of the chemicals used or the expertise of the stylist according to the experts.
The people in the Babylonian society were ranked and treated according to the Hammurabi's Code.

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