cor·​re·​spond | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd How to pronounce correspond (audio) , 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 withThe 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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Recent Examples on the Web The risk levels of geographic regions don't necessarily correspond with where those regions are placed on the six-phase economic reopening plan. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer to update state's coronavirus response as cases continue to rise," 8 July 2020 The degree to which the events correspond to racial conflicts occurring in this country now will deepen your appreciation of this dramatist’s visionary art. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "These works by Richard Nelson and Lorraine Hansberry are some of the best plays online now," 8 July 2020 The Indiana State Department of Health reports there have been 193 total probable deaths, which correspond to patients who did not have a positive COVID-19 test on record. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana reports 541 new coronavirus cases, 19 deaths," 3 July 2020 And fancier rigs—say, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator—usually have preprogrammed drive modes that correspond to the terrain. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "How to Drive on the Beach," 3 July 2020 Additionally, the note doesn't list an email address that victims can use to correspond with the attackers about receiving a decryption key—another sign that the malware may not actually be intended as ransomware. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears," 1 July 2020 There were four iterations throughout the Confederacy's short life, with each one bearing different numbers of stars to correspond to the number of Confederate states at the time. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Mississippi changing its flag isn't the end of Confederate symbols in state flags," 1 July 2020 The team also found detected a signal further out that could correspond to a possible third planet which may be even more suitable to life. Fox News, "Scientists spot promising super-Earth planets just 11 light-years away," 27 June 2020 Welby pointed out that the depictions typically correspond with those of the worshipers. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Some will have to come down': Church of England to review statues for slavery links," 26 June 2020

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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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The first known use of correspond was in 1529

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13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Correspond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce correspond (audio) \
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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