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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Recent Examples on the Web In correspondence, Tan acknowledged his Hunan jobs, according to the notes. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Drove Him Back to China, Where He Invented a Fast Coronavirus Test," 18 Mar. 2020 Business owners are warned that one sign of trouble is that the company may fail to receive routine correspondence from the IRS because the thief has changed the address for the business. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Latest tax scam holds your info for ransom. Here's how to spot it and other fraud," 22 Jan. 2020 The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that immigrants must provide U.S. addresses in order to receive correspondence on their legal cases. NBC News, "Lawyers say border agents keep writing false addresses on migrant papers, undermining asylum cases," 19 Dec. 2019 Auger, a Massachusetts native and bartender, appealed the decision by letter, not long after receiving correspondence from motor vehicle officials. Steve Annear,, "‘Live pee or die’: N.H. governor steps in to let woman keep her ‘PB4WEGO’ license plates," 28 Aug. 2019 In email correspondence turned over to the archdiocese and AP, there are multiple references to confession with Rossi, including after what Pontikes reported was the Dec. 4, 2012, start of the physical relationship. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Allegations against top priest under review after AP report," 7 June 2019 Indeed, in unpublished correspondence, Delbrück’s one-time adviser, Wolfgang Pauli, questioned whether the mutation process could be truly random. Quanta Magazine, "Under Pressure, Does Evolution Evolve?," 15 Jan. 2014 Oakley and her organization were unable to produce any correspondence with Winfrey that the star was involved with the event. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio philanthropist’s charitable giving under scrutiny," 14 Jan. 2020 Markle is known for keeping up correspondence with some of her admirers. Halie Lesavag, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Sent One of Her Biggest Fans a Sweet Thank-You Note," 15 Dec. 2019

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

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26 Mar 2020

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“Correspondence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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