cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s, 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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But Kavanaugh was so involved in the inner workings of the Bush White House, some of his correspondence might still be classified under provisions of the Presidential Records Act. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court nominee’s paper trail might color confirmation," 16 July 2018 The church started taking notice, because Galileo openly espoused the Copernican system in his papers and his personal correspondence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 Did my somewhat unlikely evolution into an editor at a fashion magazine sap my correspondence of its gravity? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "“XOXO”: What Does Your Email Sign-Off Say About You?," 20 Sep. 2018 Katie Waldman, a department spokeswoman, said the department doesn't comment on congressional correspondence and will respond to the letter as appropriate. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Senate urges Homeland Security to expand Global Entry to Israel," 26 Feb. 2018 There is great heartbreak in the correspondence of this heroic fellow Cancer (much of which has never been published before), but alongside that pain is extraordinary, inspiring strength. Mary Sollosi,, "Your July pop culture horoscope revealed: Whitney Houston, Comic-Con, and Sharp Objects," 29 June 2018 The archive includes handwritten bank letters, correspondence, and other records that span over 100 years beginning in 1818, when the bank was founded as the Institution for Savings for the Town of Salem. Julia Preszler,, "Historic bank records, a construction management apprenticeship, and a plant sale," 4 May 2018 On that night, Belluschi's son, Portland architect Anthony Belluschi, read aloud some of the thoughtful and funny correspondence between Pietro Belluschi and Gordon. Janet Eastman,, "Northwest midcentury modern sells fast and above asking price (photos)," 4 May 2018 The agency identified two separate phone lines associated with the booth, according to correspondence between EPA attorneys and Sierra Club lawyers. Brady Dennis, The Seattle Times, "Ex-EPA chief Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of correspondence

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

History and Etymology for correspondence

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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 \

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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