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 correlate (audio) , ˈkär-​ \ adjective
correlator \ ˈkȯr-​ə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce correlate (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 How does your time as an Olympian correlate to your now-career as a chef? Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, 23 July 2021 Whereas the element of danger with Lavant is internalized and symbolized, coming through equally well through drastic makeup or none at all, with Driver it is externalized, dramatized, and literalized, a direct correlate of realistic acting. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The numbers also seem disproportionate to every correlate: Rural vs. urban. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Aggregating and analyzing all the evidence to produce one unifying correlate requires some serious statistical gymnastics. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 Scientists do not yet know what’s called the correlate of protection, the level below which antibodies cannot fend off the coronavirus without additional help. Lauran Neergaard,, 2 June 2021 Researchers are taking several approaches to figure out the correlate of protection for Covid-19. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 The correlate of protection is a standard tool in vaccine research. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 The closest historical correlate to his father’s resignation from the Supreme Court to make way for him was when Charles Evans Hughes was appointed chief justice in 1930. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The nearby Macaw Bird Sanctuary allows people to enjoy activities that directly correlate to sustainable measures including bird watching, the Coral Reef Restoration Project, planting Mahogany Trees, Mangrove Restoration. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Since that time, the author has researched religious history, looking for connections that would correlate modern science with what the ancient writers knew., 19 Aug. 2021 The poll did not ask any additional questions or follow up with text recipients who either did not answer or provided a response that did not correlate with the numeric choices. oregonlive, 20 July 2021 Lower-income households often correlate to lower levels of education, Clark said, and people with less education can be more susceptible to mistrust or misinformation around vaccines. Sarah Molano, CNN, 26 July 2021 These data are a snapshot of the delta variant’s behaviour, and largely correlate with the age makeup of the previous waves of the pandemic. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 16 June 2021 Side effects don’t correlate with the effectiveness of a vaccine in an individual, an FDA spokeswoman said. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 17 May 2021 However, there also are a number of communities where recent case rates and vaccination rates do correlate. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 That means the presence of antibodies -- or even more specific antibody levels -- does not necessarily correlate with a person's level of protection. Dr. Odelia Lewis, ABC News, 24 July 2021

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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

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of correlate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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