correlate

noun
cor·​re·​late | \ ˈkȯr-ə-lət How to pronounce correlate (audio) , ˈkär-, -ˌlāt\

Definition of correlate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : either of two things so related that one directly implies or is complementary to the other (such as husband and wife) brain size as a correlate of intelligence
2 : a phenomenon that accompanies another phenomenon, is usually parallel to it, and is related in some way to it … precise electrical correlates of conscious thinking in the human brain …— Bayard Webster

correlate

verb
cor·​re·​late | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce correlate (audio) , ˈkär-\
correlated; correlating

Definition of correlate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to bear reciprocal or mutual relations : correspond If two things correlate, a change in one thing results in a similar or opposite change in the other thing.

transitive verb

1a : to establish a mutual or reciprocal relation between correlate activities in the lab and the field
b : to show correlation or a causal relationship between There is no evidence correlating height and intelligence.
2 : to present or set forth so as to show relationship He correlates the findings of the scientists, the psychologists, and the mystics.— Eugene Exman

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from correlate

Noun

correlate adjective

Verb

correlatable \ ˈkȯr-​ə-​ˌlā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce correlatable (audio) , ˈkär-​ \ adjective
correlator \ ˈkȯr-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce correlator (audio) , ˈkär-​ \ noun

Synonyms for correlate

Synonyms: Noun

complement, supplement

Synonyms: Verb

associate, connect, identify, link, relate

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of correlate in a Sentence

Noun

brain size as a correlate of intelligence the often uneasy relationship between the employer and his correlate, the employee

Verb

There is no evidence correlating height and intelligence. a demanding father who always correlated success with hard work
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not surprisingly, the correlate of this rejection of diversity among nations is often a disdain for diversity of viewpoints at home, in one’s own country. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "The Liberty of Nations," 24 Aug. 2018 Other GWASs have asked questions like: What are the genetic correlates of diabetes risk? Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 While still in training, many report poor quality of life, and suffer from depression and psychological distress, all correlates of burnout. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 2018 But, to zoom out a bit, their endeavor seemed to be more like tracing the essential correlates of a skill. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 Harris said that north correlates with earth, east with air, and west with water. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Goodwin Provides Programming And Recreation Year-Round," 28 Mar. 2018 Depression and other mental illnesses are clear correlates of suicide, but only a small proportion of the millions of Americans diagnosed with depression will attempt it. The Economist, "How and where growing numbers of Americans are taking their own lives," 28 Mar. 2018 In particular, limited economic development remains a strong correlate of democratic breakdown. Jason Brownlee, Washington Post, "There’s little evidence that dictators are toppling democracies," 1 June 2017 Soon that perturbation finds a sudden and disturbing practical correlate. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Personal Shopper” and the Misunderstood Art of Kristen Stewart," 15 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The incident correlates with an equally mysterious rise in radioactivity in sheep in nearby Australia, confirming that a nuclear test took place. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sheep Glands Point to Nukes as Source of Mysterious 1979 Explosion," 12 Sep. 2018 The rise in 504 accommodations in grades K-12 correlates with the increase in the number of accommodations given by the College Board for high-stakes exams like the SAT and the rise in accommodations given by colleges and universities. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "More Students Are Getting Special Help in Grades K-12," 3 July 2018 The game also correlates with a reduction of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, such as poor impulse control and distractibility. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Atlantic, "One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior," 8 May 2018 Oklahoma sneaking into the tournament was a surprise to many, and the Sooners’ late-season slump correlates directly with their reliance on Trae Young and his fall back to earth. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "The NBA Draft Lover’s Guide to the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 13 Mar. 2018 This correlates to a lower likelihood of seeing Trump’s behavior as reflecting racist beliefs. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Why are white people so much less willing to describe Trump as racist?," 1 Mar. 2018 The funk phenomenon correlates closely with the overall rise of Latin American music in 2017, when listening grew 110% on Spotify (hip-hop grew 74%) and 45 of the Top 100 music videos on YouTube were made by Latin acts. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Brazilians Ride Latin Pop Wave: 'Hypnotic' Funk Sounds of Anitta, MC Fioti Setting Streaming Records," 26 Jan. 2018 Therefore, a weak grip is correlated with overall body weakness. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "5 Signs Your Body is Aging Faster Than It Should Be," 28 Feb. 2019 At least one investigation has correlated the rise in accidents with defense budget cuts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind the Stark Rise in U.S. Military Accidents?," 6 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'correlate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of correlate

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1742, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for correlate

Noun and Verb

back-formation from correlation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about correlate

Share correlate

Statistics for correlate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for correlate

The first known use of correlate was in 1643

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for correlate

correlate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of correlate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

technical : either one of two things that are closely connected or correlated with each other

correlate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of correlate (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
: to have a close connection with something : to have a correlation to something
: to show that a close connection exists between (two or more things)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on correlate

What made you want to look up correlate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!