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 So far at least, these other crime correlates are not currently present. Barry Latzer, National Review, "Democrats Prefer ‘Reforming’ the Criminal-Justice System to Punishing Criminals," 17 Feb. 2020 And the more specific question, which is: What are the neural correlates of domestication? Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 Yet Harris boldly displaces Chantel’s psychology from explanations to displays that find their correlates not only in Chantel’s own actions but in her experiences and observations. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Still Astonishing “Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.”," 24 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Blazers have scored 120+ points in their past six games and the Over correlates with the other handicaps since the Blazers are the eighth highest-scoring team in the NBA. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets odds, picks and best bets odds, picks and best bets," 4 Feb. 2020 Nonetheless, overall nominal growth and growth in credit, both of which correlate quite well with earnings growth, continued to trend sideways or downwards. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Coronavirus Isn’t Chinese Stocks’ Only Headache," 3 Feb. 2020 The trend in household income does not seem to be very much correlated with developments in executive compensation. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "California’s Crusade against CEOs," 23 Jan. 2020 His struggles to stay on the field in the fourth quarter correlate with Seattle's offensive surge. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things you forgot from that 2014 Packers postseason loss— and why Brandon Bostick isn't the only one to blame," 8 Jan. 2020 The plants' locations are well documented and could be correlated with data on human health and agricultural productivity that are broken down by county, which provides a sense of the local impacts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ditching coal in the US is saving lives, helping crops," 6 Jan. 2020 Wise Quick Fix: Get Your Hands Dirty Exposure to biodiverse soil is good for your microbiome, which has been correlated with improved mood. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Chill Out and Relax Already," 1 Jan. 2020 Besides correlating the varied climate records, the model also identified the key factors driving the climate variations. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts," 31 Dec. 2019 Multi-factor authentication isn’t foolproof, but Microsoft’s statistics show that regardless of the password, MFA correlates with a 99 percent reduction in the rate of compromise. NBC News, "The worst passwords of 2019: They're so weak even a novice hacker could crack them," 28 Dec. 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

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Correlate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correlate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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