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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web According to her will, the family correspondence was to remain private for 20 years after her death. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Personal correspondence with prospects is crucial in many industries. Yec, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Trevor is sporadically able to make phone calls and communicate with his girlfriend or the embassy, but the correspondence is irregular and infrequent, Reed said. Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 The correspondence itself was one of Gramsci’s methods for fighting off despair. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Gruden’s email correspondence was with Bruce Allen, who was president of the franchise now called the Washington Football Team. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 In correspondence this year with Arizona regulators, Scott Bakken, vice president for regulatory affairs at Energy Fuels, said the company was also measuring the daily volume and conducting periodic sampling of the water pumped to the surface. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The original complaint alleged that Anthony DeFelippo had been declared ineligible last week after being originally declared eligible by an AHSAA staff member last month in an e-mail correspondence. Ben Thomas |, al, 1 May 2022 The woman is accused of soaking papers in legal correspondence, which is exempt from normal inspection routines. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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cor·​re·​spon·​dence | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dəns How to pronounce correspondence (audio) \

Kids Definition of correspondence

1 : communication by means of letters or email : the letters or email exchanged
2 : agreement between certain things Sometimes there is little correspondence between the spelling and the pronunciation of a word.

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