correspond

verb cor·re·spond \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd , ˌkär- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of correspond

intransitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of correspond in a Sentence

  1. In some countries, the role of president corresponds to that of prime minister.

  2. the joints on a horse that correspond to the human knees

  3. Each number corresponds to a location on the map.

  4. We'll revise the schedule to correspond with the school calendar.

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Origin and Etymology of correspond

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

correspond Synonyms

Synonyms
write
Antonyms
differ (from), disagree (with)
Related Words
communicate, intercommunicate; airmail, e-mail, telegraph; mail, post; answer, reply
Near Antonyms
contradict, dispute, gainsay; negate, nullify; clash, conflict, jar

CORRESPOND Defined for English Language Learners

correspond

verb

Definition of correspond for English Language Learners

  • : to be similar or equal to something

  • : to have a direct relationship to or with something

  • : to write to someone or to each other


CORRESPOND Defined for Kids

correspond

verb cor·re·spond \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd \

Definition of correspond for Students

corresponded; corresponding
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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