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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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 Higher levels of education correlate with longer life spans. New York Times, "Want to Live to 200?," 27 Apr. 2021 The closest historical correlate to his father’s resignation from the Supreme Court to make way for him was when Charles Evans Hughes was appointed chief justice in 1930., "Ramsey Clark, former attorney general and rebel with a cause, dies at 93," 10 Apr. 2021 The closest historical correlate to his father’s resignation from the Supreme Court to make way for him was when Charles Evans Hughes was appointed chief justice in 1930. New York Times, "Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93," 10 Apr. 2021 Researchers can define a number of antibodies that are a correlate of the protection seen in adults, and then look for that level of antibodies in pediatric participants to know that the vaccine is providing protection. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, "Pfizer/BioNTech says its Covid-19 vaccine is 100% effective and well tolerated in adolescents," 31 Mar. 2021 Plans call for pooling all this correlate data, potentially creating a benchmark that the next generation of vaccines could be compared against—via blood tests. Jared Whitlock, Wired, "The US Has 3 Covid Vaccines—Testing New Ones Is Complicated," 11 Mar. 2021 The algorithm identifies how factors such as team experience or board composition correlate with future investor returns. Jared Council, WSJ, "VC Firms Have Long Backed AI. Now, They Are Using It.," 25 Mar. 2021 Each of the vaccines is highly effective at preventing critical illness and death — and reductions in viral load correlate to reductions in transmissibility as well. Eliza Fawcett,, "With COVID-19 restrictions easing in Connecticut and everyone anxious for a return to normalcy, health experts warn risks remain," 12 Mar. 2021 His team, instrumental to the correlate search, relies on biostatistical methods honed in researching other vaccines and HIV. Jared Whitlock, Wired, "The US Has 3 Covid Vaccines—Testing New Ones Is Complicated," 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The highest concentrations of cesium didn’t simply correlate to the areas with the highest rainfall. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fallout From Cold War Nuclear Testing Detected in U.S. Honey," 24 Apr. 2021 The index does not correlate exactly with water supplies, which are managed strictly in California. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "These maps show why California is bracing for another extreme fire season," 22 Apr. 2021 Narcissistic parental figures, those kinds of things can also correlate. Forbes, "How To Beat Imposter Syndrome And Own Your Greatness, According To A Psychologist," 19 Apr. 2021 This is astonishing given these increases correlate with polar ice melts and record-setting fire seasons, wreaking havoc on ecosystems, habitats and economies. WSJ, "Who Tells the Truth About Climate Change?," 23 Apr. 2021 This could correlate with a different compensation mechanism that rewards how well the patient does, rather than basing compensation solely on office visit and procedure fees. Michelle Greenwald, Forbes, "An Exciting, Surprisingly Imaginative, Techy Vision Of Telemedicine’s Future," 6 Apr. 2021 Each order sold will correlate with one more meal donated. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "A San Francisco Iranian food pop-up honors the Persian New Year, with a dollop of spring promise on top," 22 Mar. 2021 Concerns about the coronavirus vaccines in particular do not necessarily or even probably correlate with opposition to inoculations more generally. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Tackling COVID-Vaccine Skepticism inside the Tent," 15 Mar. 2021 That’s because the vaccine is being allocated according to the number of adults in each state, which doesn’t correlate to the number of high-risk people living or working there. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Easiest may not be ethically best': COVID vaccine plan means some states will lag in getting shots to highest-risk groups," 23 Dec. 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

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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10 May 2021

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“Correlate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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