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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In addition to revealing new correspondence between Jimenez and Cohen, the report also names other Novartis individuals who were involved in the arrangement. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 Carrasco received a master’s degree in jurisprudence from Loyola University in 2003, which qualifies her to work as a paralegal or to handle legal correspondence, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Group calls on Waukegan officials to denounce, stop associating with local activist," 10 July 2018 Saucier is preparing a Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice seeking all correspondence relating to his case. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump files suit against Obama, Comey for failure to prosecute Hillary Clinton," 10 July 2018 As one of the most sought after artist-calligraphers in the world, Stephanie Fishwick receives hundreds of requests each year for special event correspondence. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 In correspondence with neighbors and stakeholders last month, Feibush said the new developer’s plans are identical to his — six new townhouses. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018 In correspondence with Trump’s lawyers, however, Avenatti has identified himself as an attorney at Eagan Avenatti in the signature line, used an Eagan Avenatti email address and copied Eagan Avenatti office manager Judy Regnier, court records show. Michael Finnegan,, "Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding cash could be seized in Avenatti firm bankruptcy," 13 June 2018 To create the exhibition, Riggs turned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses about 1,400 of Burton’s photographs and much of his personal correspondence. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun’s Tomb," 9 July 2018 Their correspondence was revealed for the first time on Thursday by Common Cause New York, a government accountability group that has criticized Mr. Lhota’s possible conflicts of interest. New York Times, "After Ethics Warning, M.T.A. Chairman Gets O.K. for Outside Jobs in an Email," 28 June 2018

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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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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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