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

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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

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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

We are obsessed with our jobs and professional achievements only because we, as a species, convinced ourselves that a higher salary correlates with intelligence and persistence. Azamat Omuraliev, Quartz, "We should start working less now to mentally prepare ourselves for automation," 27 June 2019 As the political analyst Jérôme Fourquet has noted, while income correlates very well with support for Mr. Macron, the variable that correlates best is education. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Research has shown, time and again, that demand for parking usually correlates with supply, Ferrara said. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "How to get to the A’s proposed ballpark? Oakland council anxiously counts the ways," 3 July 2019 At least one study found that elevated levels of triclosan, a common antimicrobial agent in hand soaps, were correlated with high levels of antibiotic-resistant genes in dust, presumably from bacteria that live in your home and dust. Gabriel Filippelli, Quartz, "A geochemist’s simple tricks to reduce dust in your home," 20 June 2019 The advocacy group said spending on instruction often correlates with the likelihood of students earning a degree and finding meaningful employment. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "‘UMUC is not like everybody else’: Tensions flare over school’s direction," 16 June 2019 Differences in rates of return in various countries correlated to other proxies of honesty, such as measures of public corruption and tax evasion. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "“Missing” Wallets with More Cash Are More Likely to Be Returned," 20 June 2019 But how does returning experience correlate to success in the Calipari era? Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Will the experience of John Calipari's 2019-20 Kentucky team deliver a Final Four?," 6 June 2019 In the District, standardized test scores — which are highly correlated to Zip code and family income — did indeed dramatically rise over the past decade. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "The shocking thing about D.C.’s schools scandal — and why it has national significance," 1 Feb. 2018 In the District, standardized test scores - which are highly correlated to Zip code and family income - did indeed dramatically rise over the past decade. Valerie Strauss, chicagotribune.com, "D.C.'s exploding schools scandal — and why it has national significance," 1 Feb. 2018 Gun possession is correlated with increased road rage. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019

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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

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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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)

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