cor·​re·​spond | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd , ˌkär-\
corresponded; corresponding; corresponds

Definition of correspond

intransitive verb

1a : to be in conformity or agreement … the ideal failed once again to correspond with the reality …— James R. Sutherland
b : to compare closely : match usually used with to or with The number of ballots cast should correspond to the number of people present.
c : to be equivalent or parallel In some countries, the role of president corresponds to that of prime minister.
2 : to communicate with a person by exchange of letters

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Examples of correspond in a Sentence

In some countries, the role of president corresponds to that of prime minister. the joints on a horse that correspond to the human knees Each number corresponds to a location on the map. We'll revise the schedule to correspond with the school calendar.
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Initially this occurs in areas of the brain associated with short-term memory, which leads to cell death and corresponding neurological symptoms, Dr. Tan explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Exactly Do Different Kinds of Alzheimer’s Medications Work?," 6 Dec. 2018 And catfishing — the term for when someone is corresponding online while using a false identity — is becoming more and more common, especially in a world where online dating is the norm for so many romantic connections. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 As if that's not exciting enough, there's a new feature track and a corresponding music video—filmed at the freaking Louvre—to go with the album news. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Just Dropped a Surprise Album, So Naturally Twitter Is Losing It," 16 June 2018 Biographical details in the blog posts correspond to information provided by authorities, including the city in which Russell lived, his age and his employment history. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Man who took Horizon Air plane from Sea-Tac Airport was quiet, well liked, says former co-worker," 11 Aug. 2018 Solar eclipses, which occur this summer on Thursday, July 12 and Saturday, August 11, correspond with new beginnings and unexpected opportunities. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 Typically, lower debt ratings correspond to greater risk for bond buyers, who in turn expect more payment in the form of higher interest rates. Stephen Singer,, "Ratings Agency Dings Connecticut, Boosts View On Hartford," 13 Apr. 2018 The dates of the Facebook messages obtained by The Times roughly correspond to those referenced in the indictment. Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times, "How Russian Trolls Crept Into the Trump Campaign’s Facebook Messages," 8 Mar. 2018 Still, the line says, the failures correspond with a greater emphasis on administrative details during inspections that don't necessarily reflect a ship's cleanliness. Chabeli Herrera,, "More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of correspond

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for correspond

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French correspondre, from Medieval Latin correspondēre, from Latin com- + respondēre to respond

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English Language Learners Definition of correspond

: to be similar or equal to something
: to have a direct relationship to or with something
somewhat formal : to write to someone or to each other


cor·​re·​spond | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd \
corresponded; corresponding

Kids Definition of correspond

1 : to be alike : agree Her finished sculpture did not correspond to how she had imagined it.
2 : to compare closely The words “give” and “donate” correspond in meaning.
3 : to communicate with a person by exchanging letters

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