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

Definition of correspondence

1a : communication by letters or email also : the letters or emails 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 But prisoners seeking such information must rely on limited news sources, personal correspondence and corrections staff, who prisoners say are not always willing to answer questions. Star Tribune, "As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access," 6 Apr. 2021 New York City prosecutors have obtained millions of pages of Trump's tax records and related correspondence as part of an ongoing criminal probe into his financial deals. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "4 Trump buildings in NYC, part of D.A.'s probe, also grapple with slumping profits," 10 Mar. 2021 University whose humanity is revealed through a year’s worth of letters of recommendation, memos, and personal correspondence. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 And Facebook executives cautioned employees not to discuss sensitive issues in writing, in a subtle nod to the reams of emails and other correspondence from Zuckerberg himself that spoke openly about crushing his competition. Washington Post, "U.S. vs. Facebook: Inside the tech giant’s behind-the-scenes campaign to battle back antitrust lawsuits," 22 Dec. 2020 The plaintiffs assert that internal correspondence will show that BSEE officials altered the well control at the behest of the oil industry, and over the concerns of career staff, then failed to disclose that when challenged in court. Ted Mann, WSJ, "Environmental Groups Seek Access to Records on Oil-Drilling Safety-Rule Changes," 8 Dec. 2020 Earlier this week, Southern Arkansas University's vice president for student affairs released internal university correspondence to the Democrat-Gazette following the Supreme Court's stay of the gag order. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "High court invalidates gag order," 26 Sep. 2020 For some further background, please see this correspondence between Mr. Timothy Youmans, Lead-North America for EOS at Federated Hermes, and Mr. Marc D. Hamburg, Senior Vice President at Berkshire Hathaway. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, "An Open Letter To Bill Gates About Climate Change And His Good Friend Warren Buffett," 6 Apr. 2021 For the upcoming trial, Johnson said the correspondence between members of the group will be presented to show the contrast between Musico’s contributions to the chats. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "Judge sends 3 suspects to trial in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot; 1 terrorism charge dismissed," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Correspondence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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