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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The younger scholar’s energy found outlets not only in authorship (reviews, essays, diaries and memoirs, as well as an extensive and far-flung correspondence), but also in academic combat, including a long tilt with left-wing revisionists. James Grant, WSJ, "Robert H. Ferrell, a Historian of Breadth and Clarity," 17 Aug. 2018 As a result, the prior owner —who lost title to the property for failing to make mortgage payments — would continue to receive vital government correspondence such as tax bills and water bills. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers push reform after witnessing bad landlords buy homes at sheriff's sale," 22 Mar. 2018 Councillors have said correspondence on the matter had been received in the days prior to the decision, but none of the Crosthwaites were present at the Courtyard Room at Hammersmith Town Hall and it was passed within five minutes., "Chelsea's £1bn Stadium Development Moves Closer as Hammersmith & Fulham Council Pass New Motion," 16 Jan. 2018 Patience is a key element in this royal correspondence business. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Thank Fans Who Wished Them a Happy 71st Anniversary," 26 Feb. 2019 Some of her big gigs included Paula Patton and Robin Thicke's wedding invitations and Dolce & Gabbana's celebrity correspondences. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Handwriting Is Insanely Perfect," 19 Dec. 2018 Emily Bell had the idea of adding letters from Berlin’s correspondence as an appendix to the memoir. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Lucia Berlin Became A Literary Superstar 11 Years After Her Death (And Is About to Publish A New Collection)," 5 Nov. 2018 Dorris Parent, 93, who spent two decades as a correspondence aide at the federal Office of Personnel Management before retiring in 1990, died March 6 at a nursing home in Rockville, Md. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 8 July 2018 Following the event, King George VI wrote his eldest daughter a letter reminiscing on the day — and this single piece of correspondence might be the strongest evidence of their remarkably close relationship. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019

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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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The first known use of correspondence was in the 15th century

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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


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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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