cor·​re·​spond ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd How to pronounce correspond (audio)
corresponded; corresponding; corresponds

intransitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Note: Most subscribers have some, but not all, of the puzzles that correspond to the following set of solutions for their local newspaper. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 The displays typically correspond with exhibitions related to the du Pont family. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2023 The Scuba Fifty Fathoms will come in five different vivid colorways, each representing an ocean—the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and Antarctic—and will feature graphics of corresponding underwater creatures with crackjaw names like Chromodoris kuiteri and Dendronotus frondosus. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 7 Sep. 2023 Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. is looking to replace a high-tech search and rescue spotlight and corresponding software in the department’s newest helicopter. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 This leftward shift on American campuses corresponded with a realignment in the American electorate. Paul Tough, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 All the bras are designed with nursing in mind, and there’s a massive size range from XS through 4X (this corresponds with traditional bra sizes 30A through 46DD). Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 29 Aug. 2023 Each word is comprised of syllables that correspond to the specific beats in each rhythmic figure. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 The department didn’t respond to requests for comment about its data or the disposition of any corresponding internal affairs investigations. Sean Cotter,, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of correspond was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Correspond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


cor·​re·​spond ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd How to pronounce correspond (audio)
: to be alike
: to be equivalent (as in meaning, position, purpose, or structure) : match
: to communicate by means of letters

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