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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An opinion recorded in the Talmud states that prayers correspond to the daily sacrifices offered in the Temple which are mentioned in this week's portion. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Why do we pray with a set text?," 2 July 2018 More than 80 percent of the social security numbers used in the 500 petitions filed either did not correspond to the debtor or were not related to any record that could be found, Snodgrass said. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Federal grand jury indicts Elk Grove woman on 18 counts related to bankruptcy scheme," 29 June 2018 And however much some maintain that disparities in pay-cheques do not correspond to differences in human worth, such well-meaning pieties feel hollow when high-rollers earn hundreds or thousands of times what ordinary folk take home. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 In an Instagram post in July 2017, Murphy revealed that each season of American Horror Story corresponds to one the nine circles of hell. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About American Horror Story Season 8," 16 Mar. 2018 Ordinarily, for both absentee and in-person voters, election workers compare the number of votes cast to the number of voters logged in by poll workers on Election Day, to make sure the numbers correspond. Chris Potter,, "GOP officials claim voting irregularities in special Pa. election," 14 Mar. 2018 The hemline index posits that women’s skirts rise in tandem with the stock market; perhaps Mahdavi is correct in thinking that an embrace of color corresponds to a desire for cheer amid anxiety, and for sensuality in algorithmic times. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "India Mahdavi, Virtuoso of Color," 20 Dec. 2017 Last year, alumni and parents protested a policy at Great Hearts Academies charter schools thatrequired students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 The indictment doesn’t name the person, but former Trump adviser Roger Stone has posted on his website a text exchange with Guccifer that corresponds to language included in the indictment. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians in Hacking of DNC and Clinton Campaign," 13 July 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

: 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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