correspondence

noun
cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio) , ˌkär-\

Definition of correspondence

1a : communication by letters or e-mail also : the letters or e-mails exchanged I have a pile of correspondence on my desk.
b : the news, information, or opinion contributed by a correspondent to a newspaper or periodical
2a : the agreement of things with one another the correspondence between spelling and pronunciation
b : a particular similarity
c : a relation between sets in which each member of one set is associated with one or more members of the other — compare function sense 5a

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Examples of correspondence in a Sentence

They communicated by telephone and correspondence. E-mail correspondence has become extremely important for modern businesses. The two men began a correspondence that would continue throughout their lives. A book of the author's personal correspondence was published early last year. A formal tone is always used in business correspondence. Note the correspondence of each number to a location on the map. Sometimes there is little correspondence between the way a word is spelled and the way it is pronounced in English. Sometimes there are few correspondences between spelling and pronunciation.
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Keep track of all correspondence There are so many ways to get in touch with people, from Skype to WeChat to direct messaging over Instagram. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 ways to protect your child online," 6 June 2019 The cat was the product of correspondence between Schrödinger and Albert Einstein, after Einstein had criticized the interpretation of quantum mechanics championed by the Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his colleagues. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 But once Franklin’s political maneuvering brought him to England, a line of correspondence quickly opened up. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Ben Franklin May Be Responsible for Bringing Tofu to America," 15 Mar. 2018 Leaks of internal correspondence published by German outlet Der Spiegel last year showed how City used companies linked to the Abu Dhabi ownership to boost revenue in an attempt to curb losses and comply with UEFA regulations. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Financial case a cloud over unprecedented City titles’ feat," 18 May 2019 For Emma Wilde, a 31-year-old single mother, the misadventure began with an inscrutable piece of correspondence. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything," 28 May 2018 And according to a royal family fan on Instagram, Prince Charles has been replying to personal correspondence sent to him regarding his forthcoming grandchild. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Sent the Most Adorable Thank You Letters in Response to Royal Baby News," 22 Nov. 2018 According to Motherboard, IsHaKdZ provided alleged email correspondence between themselves and Ticketfly employees who did not respond to the hacker. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Hacker Claims They Warned Ticketfly About Website Vulnerability, Sought Payment Before Taking Down," 1 June 2018 Sutton has proposed toughening lobbying and self-dealing laws, creating a stronger state ethics commission and working to make government documents such as emails, correspondence and calendars public records under South Dakota law. James Nord, The Seattle Times, "Democrat to debate with rare shot at governor’s race win," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of correspondence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for correspondence

see correspond

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correspondence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of correspondence

: the activity of writing letters or e-mails to someone
: the letters or e-mails that people write to each other
: a direct relationship to or with something or between two things

correspondence

noun
cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dəns How to pronounce correspondence (audio) \

Kids Definition of correspondence

1 : communication by means of letters or e-mail : the letters or e-mail exchanged
2 : agreement between certain things Sometimes there is little correspondence between the spelling and the pronunciation of a word.

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