correspondence

noun

cor·​re·​spon·​dence ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio)
ˌkär-
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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 Shortly after the deal closed, staffers were instructed to raise the price to $19.99 a month from $4.99, according to the internal company correspondence viewed by the Journal. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 The State Bar is investigating Girardi’s colleagues Lira and Griffin for their representation of the air crash clients, according to correspondence with Edelson reviewed by The Times. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 An hour prior to the October 20 correspondence, at least 14 schools in Wisconsin had been targeted by the hoax caller. Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED, 24 Oct. 2022 The World Health Organization’s top director in the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, has been indefinitely removed from his post, according to internal correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. Maria Cheng, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, the Justice Department has subpoenaed two Republican Arizona state senators for information tied to possible correspondence with Trump's attorneys as attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election were underway. Arkansas Online, 3 July 2022 Bruno and the judges of the state judicial branch have been at odds for years over her attendance and job performance, according to internal agency correspondence. Hartford Courant, 12 Apr. 2022 Beijing’s position is ambiguous and contradictory, and recent exchanges with U.S. officials — including Yang’s Rome meeting with Sullivan — have produced little clarity, according to the correspondence. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Florida's January letter was in response to correspondence from HHS in late December seeking clarification on the emergency rule. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see correspond

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near correspondence

Cite this Entry

“Correspondence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correspondence. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

correspondence

noun

cor·​re·​spon·​dence ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-dən(t)s How to pronounce correspondence (audio)
1
a
: agreement between certain things
b
: a point of similarity
c
: a relation between sets in which each member of one set is matched to one or more members of the other set
2
a
: communication by letters
b
: the letters exchanged

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