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 minimum wage will increase by up to 3 percent each year in correspondence with the annual increase in the regional cost of living determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Workers in this Peninsula city will finally receive a higher minimum wage," 13 Sep. 2019 The department had failed to finalize Marie’s health insurance, according to DCF correspondence. Globe Staff,, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 One piece of correspondence even referenced the Mongrel Mob, a notorious criminal gang in New Zealand. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Rare Maori cloak pulled from auction after online threats and abuse," 13 Sep. 2019 The 270 pages of email correspondence were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act request and detail conversations that took place in 2017 and 2018. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, ""You're the Man": Fox News Emails With Trump Treasury Department Reveal Coziness," 15 Aug. 2019 Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that Trump recently raised concerns about the contract with aides after learning of correspondence Republican lawmakers have exchanged with the Pentagon and the White House criticizing the bidding process. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "Trump Says He’s Getting Complaints That the Pentagon’s Cloud Contract Competition Favors Amazon," 18 July 2019 The content of the correspondence is unknown because USA TODAY's Freedom of Information Act request remains outstanding. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "Nomination of another top Pentagon pick potentially in trouble after questions about conduct," 13 July 2019 The two traded hundreds of correspondence, using personal email for official Navy business, that has been part of a Defense Department investigation. Gordon Lubold And Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "White House Picks Adm. Mike Gilday to Be Next Chief of Naval Operations," 10 July 2019 Excerpts of the correspondence were published in a report by The Mail on Sunday tabloid. William Booth, The Denver Post, "Britain to apologize for leaked cables calling Trump “inept” amid hunt for leaker," 8 July 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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