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 withThe 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 The Southern Poverty Law Center released a cache of hundreds of emails Tuesday leaked by a former Breitbart writer who corresponded with Miller between 2015 and 2016. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Here's what we learned from George Kent and Bill Taylor's impeachment testimony.," 14 Nov. 2019 Carrell is one of the students building the industry’s corresponding collegiate scene—playing Hearthstone in Harrisburg colors, with all the fanfare of March Madness’s Elite Eight. Luke Winkie, The Atlantic, "Where Gamers Are the Only Varsity Athletes," 13 Nov. 2019 Everyone in the village is now on cellphones, and Peyangki is connected to an app called WeChat and corresponding with a young woman who lives in the capital city of Thimphu. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Me a Song': Film Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Shen says the working group is now focused on creating industry-wide guidelines for how R-values can correspond to temperature ratings. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Camp More Comfortably with the Best Sleeping Pads," 1 Nov. 2019 The notion of the offline as real and authentic is a recent invention, corresponding with the rise of the online. Carola Jain, Quartz, "Millennials’ complex relationship with their cell phones is driving the experience economy," 29 Oct. 2019 Lopez purchased Buzzy’s clothes from Spikes after the two began corresponding on eBay, Finley said during his April interview with investigators. Gabrielle Russon,, "NBA player Robin Lopez unknowingly bought stolen Disney World items, records show," 28 Oct. 2019 The risk, of course, is that her vision might also efface the crimes for which the women served time and, in turn, the unseen victim or victims who correspond to each image. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Life After Prison for Women Who Served Decades Behind Bars," 22 Oct. 2019 The landing gear was extended and measurement of the left and right wing flap jackscrews corresponded to a flaps retracted setting., "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Correspond.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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