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.
Recent Examples on the Web The trimester system is just something that is divided into threes, but any particular pregnancy might not correspond to those time frames, might not follow those patterns. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 8 July 2022 However, once the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, this Indigenous festival was later moved to November 1 and November 2 to correspond with the Catholic calendar which celebrates All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 The Morenos’ contributions appeared to correspond to what the committee says is a suspicious pattern, in which numerous donations were made on Oct. 6, 2017, the same day as key developments favoring Ingram’s development plans. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 By the time Elvis left for home, the couple had cemented their bond, continuing to correspond long-distance, and in 1963, Priscilla moved to America to be with him. Nicole Briese,, 23 June 2022 The release date was expected to correspond with the beginning of summer vacations for many school students. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 June 2022 That seems to correspond with the sea-skimming cruise missiles seen in the video. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The two continued to correspond, keeping their romance secret, and Prince Rainier would propose seven months later in America in December 1955. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 The book's release coincides with Lunar New Year (Chen showed her kids decorating red envelopes to correspond with the Chinese New Year days before the holiday on her Instagram story, naturally), one of the many nods to her heritage. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Correspond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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