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 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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Recent Examples on the Web All of which would correspond with Witcher 3-type free DLC, which was on the smaller side. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Those numbers correspond closely to the CPCA's non-export number in April, and total number in March. Chris Isidore And Laura He, CNN, 13 May 2021 The arrival of the EV model may correspond with a larger update to the Cayenne and Cayenne coupe that could introduce new exterior and interior styling. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 Apr. 2021 So pockets of childhood vaccine refusal may not correspond to COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant pockets. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 Kanai also believes the rise of Athflow will correspond with the increase of genderless clothing — a fitting observation considering the trend’s characterising lack of form and inclusive fit. Amanda Randone,, 18 Jan. 2021 Make sure all paint jobs correspond with your homeowner's association's rules and regulations. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021 The objective of the ETF is to correspond generally to the performance of the NASDAQ AlphaDEX Large Cap Core Index. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The city prosecutor’s office in Kyiv told ABC News that the British stamps for the bottles didn’t correspond to examples submitted by the plant for registration. Yulia Drozd, ABC News, 16 May 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Correspond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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