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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the level of an entire organism, the aging process is much more complex, though, and the length of telomeres does not necessarily correlate with life span, says Chen. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'Missing link' between pond scum and humans discovered, holds promise for cancer research," 20 Nov. 2019 In fecal samples from patients with alcoholic liver disease, levels of it were 2700 times higher than in nondrinkers, although the mere quantity didn't correlate with a person's outcome. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Toxic gut bacteria make alcohol-triggered liver disease more deadly," 13 Nov. 2019 In the case against You, holding her liable for a suicide may not correlate to South Korean law. NBC News, "Will former Boston College student charged in boyfriend's suicide return to U.S.?," 1 Nov. 2019 What went unmentioned in the article is the fact that state imprisonment rates do not correlate in any meaningful way with drug use and overdose deaths; other studies have shown that incarceration itself is actually a driver of overdose deaths. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post," 10 Oct. 2019 The biggest problem with trying to stage or categorize endometriosis is that the extent of the disease doesn’t necessarily correlate with pain, the most notorious endo calling card. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What Exactly Are the Stages of Endometriosis?," 25 Sep. 2019 Other organizations maintain that longevity doesn’t automatically correlate with the value an individual brings to the company. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Understand best practices when considering pay raises in your business," 26 Aug. 2019 Being young, white, male, or more highly educated all correlate with greater support for NASA than being older, non white, female, or having a lower educational attainment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Partisan differences show up in reasons why Americans support NASA," 12 Nov. 2019 And this score correlated with speakers’ pronunciations, too. The Conversation, oregonlive, "How you say these words reveals your political party: The Conversation," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Correlate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correlated. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for correlate

correlate

noun
How to pronounce correlate (audio)

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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