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cor·​re·​late ˈkȯr-ə-lət How to pronounce correlate (audio)
: 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
: 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 adjective


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cor·​re·​late ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce correlate (audio)
correlated; correlating

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

: to establish a mutual or reciprocal relation between
correlate activities in the lab and the field
: to show correlation or a causal relationship between
There is no evidence correlating the cracking of one's knuckles and development of osteoarthritis.
: to present or set forth so as to show relationship
He correlates the findings of the scientists, the psychologists, and the mystics. Eugene Exman
correlatable adjective
correlator noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Not only does work experience correlate with high productivity on the remote; soft skills are no less important. Alex Svinov, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 From homelessness to crime to rising suicide rates, a variety of problems in America today correlate with mental illnesses. Bruce Chapman, WSJ, 26 June 2022 Splunk uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to capture, index, and correlate data, then present it on a searchable dashboard with graphs, reports, alerts, and visualizations. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 29 June 2022 The real-life correlate of Circe's isle is a singular place, with a beauty that is still almost completely sylvan. Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2022 According to medical researchers, there is indeed evidence that traumatic events in early life correlate with earlier puberty. Madeleine Watts, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Given their persistence, T cell levels measured in large numbers of people after infection or vaccination could help determine a correlate of protection. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 The combination of Chronicle to normalize, index, correlate, and analyze data at scale, with the artificial intelligence and MalOp engine of Cybereason yields a powerful tool for defending against attacks. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Contextualize, correlate, transform and leverage AI to find patterns and anomalies using technologies like NLP and no-code automation data bots. Shailesh Manjrekar, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022
Since specific behaviors correlate to a greater chance of success, HR leaders can ensure candidates will grow into valuable team members who can potentially deliver years of service and dedication. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Another warning sign to watch for are changes in a friend group — which can directly correlate to change in behavior. Fox News, 26 Aug. 2022 The question asked by Schlesinger in his journal—How to correlate the lion with his flaws?—remains unanswered. Time, 29 Oct. 2022 Firms then use machine learning to identity common characteristics across the dossiers — like low-income households, say, or a preference for low-fat foods — that correlate with voters’ stances. Natasha Singer, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2022 Firms then use machine learning to identify common characteristics across the dossiers — like low-income households, say, or a preference for low-fat foods — that correlate with voters’ stances. Natasha Singer,, 23 Oct. 2022 Researchers are still working to understand how wastewater data correlate with actual infections, because every community has unique waste patterns. Betsy Ladyzhets, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2022 Knowing this and other similar success stories, policymakers should be making community investments that directly correlate with reductions in crime. Sakira Cook, Essence, 5 Oct. 2022 In terms of its correlation with SG: Total, players’ approach numbers correlate with that total at a near 60% rate, again per Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

back-formation from correlation

First Known Use


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1742, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



correlated; correlating
: to connect or relate in a systematic way
correlate history and literature lessons

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