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

complement, supplement

Synonyms: Verb

associate, connect, identify, link, relate

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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

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 But, to zoom out a bit, their endeavor seemed to be more like tracing the essential correlates of a skill. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 Harris said that north correlates with earth, east with air, and west with water. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Goodwin Provides Programming And Recreation Year-Round," 28 Mar. 2018 Depression and other mental illnesses are clear correlates of suicide, but only a small proportion of the millions of Americans diagnosed with depression will attempt it. The Economist, "How and where growing numbers of Americans are taking their own lives," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But this finding didn’t correlate with the patients’ clinical symptoms. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 If that sounds expensive, know that price does not correlate to safety. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Motorcycles," 8 July 2019 Obesity is also a health issue for cats, but their body mass does not correlate as closely with that of their human companion. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, "A new meaning for ‘sick as a dog’? Your pet’s health may tell you something about your own," 1 July 2019 Notably, the arrangements of the booths don’t correlate to maps made by festival organizers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Are Finding Woodstock Really Did Take On Life of Its Own," 27 June 2019 Some French scientists are unsurprised by the survey results, and point out that opinions don’t always correlate to behavior. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, "France most skeptical about science and vaccines, global survey finds," 19 June 2019 What’s more, the number of applications doesn’t correlate with the number of students. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 The researchers also learned that the speed of a sidewinder’s attack did not correlate with success. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "‘Ninja' rat kicks snake in midair in amazing slo-mo video," 5 Apr. 2019 China is often portrayed as a rising power in technology but historically, central planning doesn’t correlate with innovation. James Freeman, WSJ, "Peak China?," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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More Definitions for correlate

correlate

noun

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

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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