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

complement, supplement

Synonyms: Verb

associate, connect, identify, link, relate

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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

As the political analyst Jérôme Fourquet has noted, while income correlates very well with support for Mr. Macron, the variable that correlates best is education. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 Not surprisingly, the correlate of this rejection of diversity among nations is often a disdain for diversity of viewpoints at home, in one’s own country. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "The Liberty of Nations," 24 Aug. 2018 Other GWASs have asked questions like: What are the genetic correlates of diabetes risk? Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 While still in training, many report poor quality of life, and suffer from depression and psychological distress, all correlates of burnout. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 2018 But, to zoom out a bit, their endeavor seemed to be more like tracing the essential correlates of a skill. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 Harris said that north correlates with earth, east with air, and west with water. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Goodwin Provides Programming And Recreation Year-Round," 28 Mar. 2018 Depression and other mental illnesses are clear correlates of suicide, but only a small proportion of the millions of Americans diagnosed with depression will attempt it. The Economist, "How and where growing numbers of Americans are taking their own lives," 28 Mar. 2018 In particular, limited economic development remains a strong correlate of democratic breakdown. Jason Brownlee, Washington Post, "There’s little evidence that dictators are toppling democracies," 1 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The inflows into real-estate ETFs are driven by investors looking for competitive yields, as well as assets that aren’t directly correlated to the stock market, some ETF insiders say. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "Real-Estate Funds Fell 6.16% in 2018," 6 Jan. 2019 But cryptocurrency trading tends to be highly correlated—when one cryptocurrency starts to fall in value, others often follow. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff," 14 Nov. 2018 The poll showed that while support for each issue was highly correlated with party affiliation and support for the president, independent voters tended toward sharing the views of Democrats on both policies. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "Tax bill and Obamacare repeal are potent issues in California congressional races, poll shows," 23 May 2018 Clinical data also suggest that concussions involve more than the surface of the brain, as their severity correlates with damage deeper inside, such as deformations around the corpus callosum, the bridge between the brain’s hemispheres. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Concussions originate from ringing deep inside the brain, modeling suggests," 30 Mar. 2018 King wasn’t nominated by the Screen Actors Guild, whose picks often correlate to the Oscars. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 One of the most interesting aspects of Russian spoofing are those incidents that correlate to public events attended by President Putin. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Engaging in Widespread Satellite Navigation Spoofing," 3 Apr. 2019 The Danish team concluded from its analysis that the noise was correlated at both the Hanford and Livingston detectors, potentially contaminating the data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery," 16 Dec. 2018 Of course, this is an observational study and, therefore, can't tell us whether or not using e-cigarettes actually causes those other behaviors, only that they are correlated. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Is Cracking Down on JUUL and E-Cigarette Retailers to Curb Teen Vaping," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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More Definitions for correlate

correlate

noun

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

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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