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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Today this no longer corresponds to the realities of the world—because the West is ceasing to be the center of the world. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 The period corresponds to crackdowns launched by Italy and Malta against private rescue boats operating in the area. Frances D’emilio,, "UN: June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of deaths in sea off Libya," 6 July 2018 This corresponds with daily migrations of prey like squid, suggesting the predators are following their prey. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 But restaurants in predominantly black or Latino neighborhoods with high rates of Airbnb bookings did not see a corresponding increase in employment and Yelp reviews. Tracy Jan,, "Study suggests white neigborhoods see more economic benefits from Airbnb," 12 July 2018 Perplexingly, however, Fermi had observed no corresponding flare in gamma rays. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018 Ratings have ticked up recently, and last Saturday’s quarterfinal matches on Fox scored higher ratings than the corresponding games in the 2014 tournament. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Fox Losing Money on World Cup Without U.S. Team," 11 July 2018 The corresponding ultra-thick, 100-percent cotton Crane’s cards are hand-bordered. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 López released the routine in 2011, along with a corresponding training board called the Transgression (and a gentler version called the Progression), which has a series of horizontal edges decreasing in depth from top to bottom. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Climber Eva López Has a PhD in Finger Strength," 9 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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