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 For example, many of the declines in crime correlate directly with a decrease in mobility — which can be traced looking at cellphone data — as stay-at-home orders were issued across the country, Abrams said. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "A year like no other for L.A. crime: Homicides surge, robberies and rapes drop," 3 Jan. 2021 Experts have said this year's record fires in the West correlate to climate change. NBC News, "Colorado's largest-ever fire brings new round of evacuations," 17 Oct. 2020 Then again, many vaccines on the market do not have a clear correlate of protection, and immune responses beyond antibodies to spike could play key roles in COVID-19 protection. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Early approval of a COVID-19 vaccine could stymie the hunt for better ones," 14 Oct. 2020 Does the underlying health of the patient correlate in any way with symptoms? Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Hair loss. Memory problems. Strange rashes. COVID-19 patients report a litany of symptoms outside official criteria, some persisting for months.," 30 Sep. 2020 Aside from pay, benefits and the approbation of their fellow citizens, a universal correlate of job satisfaction is a belief that the people in charge are making good decisions. WSJ, "Trump vs. the Military (or the Politicians)?," 8 Sep. 2020 The theory posits that a community’s environmental health and well-being correlate with investment in strategies that provide protection from climate stressors—heat, cold, storms, fires and drought. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Minneapolis Launched a Groundbreaking Climate Plan, But Left Minorities Out," 4 June 2020 The concentration of viral RNA in wastewater correlates with the epidemic status of the population linked to the wastewater network. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Poop could be the key to tracking COVID-19 outbreaks," 27 Apr. 2020 The work in spatial navigation in rodents marked the first time that a higher-order cognitive function—something beyond basic sensory processes— mapped onto clear neural correlates. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Machine learning is providing new genome loci that correlate with diseases discovered. J. Craig Venter, Scientific American, "Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the First Publication of the Human Genome," 11 Feb. 2021 Over tens of thousands of images, the software discovered patterns of pixels that correlate with pain. Tom Simonite, Wired, "New Algorithms Could Reduce Racial Disparities in Health Care," 25 Jan. 2021 The audit also criticizes the city’s incentive and rewards programs, which are used haphazardly across the city and which don’t appear to correlate to increases in worker satisfaction or retention. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New audit says San Diego must revamp employee discipline, rewards, performance reviews," 23 Dec. 2020 In Sierra Leone, which lacked health data, the company had to figure out how to correlate information about local school infrastructure to make predictions about the quality of local health centers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How A.I. can speed up the COVID-19 vaccination drive," 5 Jan. 2021 The biggest reason is that higher student loan totals actually correlate with higher incomes. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Think student loan forgiveness wouldn’t be wildly controversial? Think again," 9 Dec. 2020 Researchers have found that meetings correlate with a decline in workplace happiness, productivity, and even company market share. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now," 24 Nov. 2020 Stevens notes that a lot of things—not just inhibitory control—correlate with brain size across species. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian Magazine, "What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learn," 31 July 2020 Scientists are also trying to determine the antibody levels that correlate with protection against reinfection and how durable those responses are over time. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Immunity to the Novel Coronavirus Is So Complicated," 26 May 2020

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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

back-formation from correlation

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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10 Jan 2021

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“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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



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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