correspondence

noun
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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Following the event, King George VI wrote his eldest daughter a letter reminiscing on the day — and this single piece of correspondence might be the strongest evidence of their remarkably close relationship. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Indeed, of the three official volumes of Victoria's letters edited by Esher and Benson, less than half were actually written by the Queen—the remainder taking the form of correspondence written to her by the men in her life. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 Much of this correspondence has already played out in public. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Tinder fires its head of comms, following her participation in a $2 billion lawsuit against Match," 18 Dec. 2018 The content of the correspondence, which occurred after Mr. Sorrell’s resignation, isn’t known. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "WPP Probes Emails Sent to Current, Ex-Employees After Sorrell’s Exit," 28 June 2018 Freedom of information requests were filed at universities for three of the authors’ correspondence, with at least one request by Dr. Crockford. Erica Goode, New York Times, "Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back.," 10 Apr. 2018 Once again, there was a very strong correspondence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories," 18 Oct. 2018 Their responses showed strong correspondence to reports from the scale, and also compared favorably with answers from a set of participants that underwent actual near-death experiences. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Near-Death Experience...or Psychedelic Trip?," 19 Aug. 2018 Sagittarians learn through experience, so once something sparks their interest, these celestial archers are ready to gallop (fittingly, the centaur is Sagittarius' mythological correspondence). Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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correspondence

noun

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

correspondence

noun
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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