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 This article is based on interviews with more than two dozen current and former government officials, public health experts and contractors, together with a review of hundreds of federal contracting records, correspondence and other documents. Anchorage Daily News, "Before the pandemic, Trump’s stockpile chief put the focus on biodefense. An old client benefited.," 5 May 2020 Armstrong’s personal archive has been augmented over the years by donations of photographs, correspondence and recordings. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Michael Cogswell, 66, Dies; Sustained Louis Armstrong’s Legacy," 25 Apr. 2020 Archives director Jeremy Smith says people are invited to share diaries, writings, photographs, videos, social media posts, business correspondences and other items about living through COVID-19 times. USA TODAY, "Lonely zoo animals, drive-by salutes, food truck helpers: News from around our 50 states," 14 Apr. 2020 For Job and Family Services, documents and correspondence can be uploaded to, faxed to 866-351-8292, dropped in the exterior drop box at 1180 South Main Street in Akron, or mailed to the Main Street location, Suite 102. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Non-essential Summit County workers placed on paid leave due to coronavirus concerns," 18 Mar. 2020 Gautz said officials are talking with schools that offer higher education courses about whether prisoners can continue their work via correspondence and possibly video conferencing. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus is changing life for Michigan prisoners, too. Here's how.," 17 Mar. 2020 In making their case that Trump invited Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election, the seven Democratic prosecutors peppered their arguments with video clips, email correspondence and lessons in American history. Eric Tucker,, "Trump lawyers argue impeachment trial an attempt to overturn election," 25 Jan. 2020 Another counter to Hardwick’s idea of the literary letter as an idealized self-portrait is her own wrenching correspondence with her husband of 23 years, the confessional poet Robert Lowell. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "What Do Letters Reveal About the Creative Mind?," 17 Apr. 2020 Right now banks are also probably hiring a lot of new people to deal with the new programs and the general uptick in demand, so make sure to trust but verify, and document everything by keeping a record of your correspondence — just in case. Whizy Kim,, "Expert Tips On How To Get Help, Manage Money, & Deal With Debt After Being Laid Off," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Correspondence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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