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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

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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This pull-back correlates with the growing insistence from investors for profitability, shifting streamers’ business tactics. Callum McLennan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 Nonetheless, significant work has occurred on some of the neuronal correlates of REM sleeping in rodents and songbirds. Malcolm MacIver, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for correlate 

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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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Cite this Entry

“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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