correlate

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noun

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

correlate

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verb

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

1
a
: 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 the cracking of one's knuckles and development of osteoarthritis.
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
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
Noun
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
Verb
From here, the researchers tested the reductions in air pollution and discovered that a 1 microgram per cubic meter drop seemed to correlate to an eight percent reduction in sudden heart attacks. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 17 Nov. 2022 Frank Recruitment President of Americas Rowan O'Grady said that the findings seem to correlate with workers returning to a traditional office setting after remote work became more popular during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2022 The studies also show eye disorders and poor health usually come hand in hand — as eye problems seem to correlate to the body’s circadian rhythm, the natural process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Ebony Williams, ajc, 17 June 2022 Ayton’s performance on the glass seems to correlate directly with the Suns’ success on the court. Xl Media, cleveland, 24 Apr. 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

back-formation from correlation

First Known Use

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1742, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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Cite this Entry

“Correlate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correlate. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

correlate

verb
cor·​re·​late
ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlāt,
ˈkär-
correlated; correlating
: to connect or relate in a systematic way
correlate history and literature lessons

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