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


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

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Other Words from correlate


correlate adjective


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

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aside from pay, benefits and the approbation of their fellow citizens, a universal correlate of job satisfaction is a belief that the people in charge are making good decisions. WSJ, "Trump vs. the Military (or the Politicians)?," 8 Sep. 2020 The theory posits that a community’s environmental health and well-being correlate with investment in strategies that provide protection from climate stressors—heat, cold, storms, fires and drought. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Minneapolis Launched a Groundbreaking Climate Plan, But Left Minorities Out," 4 June 2020 The concentration of viral RNA in wastewater correlates with the epidemic status of the population linked to the wastewater network. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Poop could be the key to tracking COVID-19 outbreaks," 27 Apr. 2020 The work in spatial navigation in rodents marked the first time that a higher-order cognitive function—something beyond basic sensory processes— mapped onto clear neural correlates. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 1 Feb. 2020 So far at least, these other crime correlates are not currently present. Barry Latzer, National Review, "Democrats Prefer ‘Reforming’ the Criminal-Justice System to Punishing Criminals," 17 Feb. 2020 And the more specific question, which is: What are the neural correlates of domestication? Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 Yet Harris boldly displaces Chantel’s psychology from explanations to displays that find their correlates not only in Chantel’s own actions but in her experiences and observations. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Still Astonishing “Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.”," 24 Jan. 2020 Heavier loads in the in-basket correlate with physician burnout, the brunt borne largely by those in the primary care trenches. Danielle Ofri, STAT, "The EMR has changed the doctor-patient duet into a ménage-à-trois," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which collaborates with ADP on the report, said after the July release that the revisions were simply to correlate with the BLS count. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Stimulus, at Home & Abroad," 2 Sep. 2020 After showing that sewer sampling can correlate with actual test results, the key will be moving into areas or neighborhoods of larger cities or testing wastewater plants in smaller communities. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Wastewater sampling proves useful in tracking coronavirus; coast program to expand to 43 Oregon cities," 28 Aug. 2020 For example, La Niña conditions, when the Pacific Ocean cools, tend to correlate with big droughts in the American West by pushing storms north of the region. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "The American West May Be Entering a ‘Megadrought’ Worse Than Any in Historical Record," 16 Apr. 2020 Scientists are only just beginning to understand how outbreaks correlate with shifting weather patterns—a hallmark of climate change. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 The image, taken by the HiRise Context camera, was enhanced with color to help correlate rock units, but that has left more questions than answers about the area known as Aureum Chaos. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA baffled by mysterious ridges on Mars," 3 Sep. 2020 Scores will correlate with colors, and each color comes with recommendations, such as considering virtual or hybrid learning for schools. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus in Indiana: What we learned from the governor's weekly news conference," 26 Aug. 2020 There were, however, other differences that apparently did correlate with disease severity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Dissecting the immune system’s response to COVID-19," 24 Aug. 2020 The data also showed a downward trend in the rate of those who test positive for the virus, although the numbers seemed to correlate with fewer tests administered. Della Hasselle,, "Louisiana coronavirus: Nearly 1,200 new cases, 77 more deaths over 2-day period; see latest data," 16 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of correlate


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1742, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for correlate

Noun and Verb

back-formation from correlation

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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18 Sep 2020

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“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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


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

: 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)

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