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correlate

noun cor·re·late \ ˈkȯr-ə-lət , ˈkär- , -ˌlāt \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of correlate

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

Examples of correlate in a Sentence

  1. brain size as a correlate of intelligence

  2. the often uneasy relationship between the employer and his correlate, the employee

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Origin and Etymology of correlate

back-formation from correlation


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correlate

verb cor·re·late \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlāt , ˈkär- \

Definition of correlate

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 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

correlatable

play \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlā-tə-bəl, ˈkär-\ adjective

correlator

play \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌlā-tər, ˈkär-\ noun

Examples of correlate in a Sentence

  1. There is no evidence correlating height and intelligence.

  2. a demanding father who always correlated success with hard work

Recent Examples of correlate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of correlate

correlate Synonyms

Synonyms
connect, associate, identify, link, relate
Related Words
compare, equate, liken; group, join, lump (together), tie (together)
Near Antonyms
contrast, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, separate, set off


CORRELATE Defined for English Language Learners

correlate

noun

Definition of correlate for English Language Learners

  • : either one of two things that are closely connected or correlated with each other


correlate

verb

Definition of correlate for English Language Learners

  • : 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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