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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of adding profitability into the algorithm itself, Amazon changed the algorithm to prioritize factors that correlate with profitability, the article said. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent," 16 Sep. 2019 Lack of insurance, social isolation, low incomes, and the presence of gun stores were among the variables that correlated to heightened rates of suicide, according to the study published recently in the journal JAMA Network Open. Rita Giordano, chicagotribune.com, "Gun stores, isolation, and lack of hope fuel rise in U.S. suicides, study finds," 13 Sep. 2019 Based on Census Bureau and Federal Communications Commission data, that correlates to between 4.5 and 7.5 million households, total, with no high-speed provider. Washington Post, "Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts," 12 Sep. 2019 The restaurant receipt shows there were five guests, which correlates with the five entrees ordered. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audit launched for Cal State San Marcos dean, whose expenses feature first class travel, chauffeurs and a $110 steak," 5 Sep. 2019 Every chapter has a song that correlates with [it], and the song is appropriate for the chapter in tone, lyrics, and title. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "See the cover for The Happy Ever After Playlist, Abby Jimenez's follow-up to her best-selling The Friend Zone," 7 Aug. 2019 The ethnic makeup of younger voter blocs is different, too: Millennials are the most diverse generation in American history, and Gen Z is on track to be even more so, a trend that has correlated with younger voters’ farther-leftward lean. Nate Hochman, National Review, "How Might Republicans Win Young Voters?," 16 July 2019 Carnegie-Brown anticipates this will invite more regulation that will prevent under-writers from using certain data such as gender, age, or data that correlates with race. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "In a world awash with information, power comes from knowing what data not to use," 10 July 2019 Luckily, Dustin was able to get in touch with his previously elusive Camp Know Where girlfriend Suzie, who helpfully provided the number that correlates with Planck’s Constant — a.k.a. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Ending Explained," 4 July 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

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19 Sep 2019

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The first known use of correlate was in 1643

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correlate

noun
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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

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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