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

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 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 One result that’s emerged is a relationship between these timing parameters and chromosome number — too fast or too slow correlates perceptibly with embryos having the wrong number of chromosomes. Quanta Magazine, "In the Ticking of the Embryonic Clock, She Finds Answers," 15 Oct. 2018 The number of tickets included correlates with the number of guests in each room or cottage. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Margaritaville Resort throws water-park admission into the mix," 5 Aug. 2019 The human version of HARE5 differs from its chimp correlate by 16 DNA letters. Quanta Magazine, "How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains," 10 Nov. 2015 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pro Football Focus created a graphic below to illustrate what techniques correlate with what gaps or holes. cleveland, "Browns land a run-stopping defensive tackle in Andrew Billings who will challenge for a starting spot -- Film review," 1 Apr. 2020 There is no recent correlate with a global pandemic halting commerce and upending daily life since the 1918 Spanish flu. Zachary Karabell, Time, "This Market Chaos Is Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before. But Remember to Breathe," 26 Mar. 2020 The watch is always correlating the two signals and trying to give you the best fix. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Why are U-2 jet pilots wearing Garmin satellite navigation smartwatches?," 13 Mar. 2020 Previous research has found such behaviors are correlated with conduct that aids in caring for the planet during a time of environmental crises, which sets up these children to be future custodians of nature, the researchers suggested. David G. Allan And Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Nature makes children happier, science shows," 26 Feb. 2020 On the other hand, sonar returns that are thicker, more intense, and rise and fall slowly on the sonar display are correlated with larger fish. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020 They are stripped from telemetry data and are not used to correlate user activity across browsing sessions. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings," 17 Mar. 2020 In Germany, where children are taught to shake hands with adults and the firmness of the grip can be seen as correlating to personality strength, health experts and doctors are trying to persuade people to stop. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Goodbye, handshake. Hello, elbow bump? Greetings to avoid during the coronavirus outbreak," 4 Mar. 2020 The researchers then attempted to correlate these scores to how long the participants lived without heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Alice Park, Time, "Scientists Calculated How Much Longer You Can Live With a Healthy Lifestyle," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Correlate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correlate. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for correlate

correlate

noun
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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

correlate

verb
How to pronounce correlate (audio)

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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