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

Example Sentences

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 Eastern Jews, from eastern Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, may correspond to the Erfurt group with the greater Eastern European ancestry. Shai Carmi, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2022 The amendments to county law will correspond with changes made by the Maryland General Assembly in 2021. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 27 Sep. 2022 On some processors, incorrectly aligned reads from addresses in the xAPIC MMIO page could return stale data, which may correspond to data previously read by the same processor core that is reading the xAPIC page. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 9 Aug. 2022 More-sophisticated or sensitive equipment requires an additional set of checks including an annual inspection, conducted — under normal conditions — by a U.S. officer to ensure that weapons are securely stored and that serial numbers correspond. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2022 The team is then able to deploy ambulances and correspond with the Health Ministry as needed. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 22 Oct. 2022 Kristoffer Böttzauw, head of the Danish Energy Agency, said emissions from the three leaks on the underwater Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines correspond to approximately 32% of annual Danish carbon dioxide emissions. Jan M. Olsen And Patrick Whittle, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Sep. 2022 On a multi-needle machine, make sure the thread colors correspond correctly to the numbers on the needle heads. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 27 Sep. 2022 That led to further creativity in the stunt design, with stunt coordinator Timothy Eulich choreographing salsa spins and a gnarly head-scissors takedown to correspond to the new looks. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 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 9 Dec. 2022.

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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