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

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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 The video that was brought to police’s attention was made by a 19-year-old citizen, acting independently, who posed as a 15-year-old and uploaded alleged correspondence between the two on social media, police said. Sarah Freishtat,, "Former Joliet Catholic teacher accused of grooming didn’t ‘fulfill employment requirements,’ Joliet diocese says," 8 May 2021 The lawyer and the county commissioner kept up a correspondence on Bears Ears over the following months. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘We will circle all the wagons’ — Newly obtained emails show San Juan County’s push to reduce Bears Ears," 8 Apr. 2021 The book is about a lonely boy who strikes up a correspondence with a children's book author. Rebekah Riess, Jamie Gumbrecht And Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Children's author Beverly Cleary, creator of Ramona Quimby, dies at age 104," 26 Mar. 2021 Through her church in Des Moines, Grace, a senior at Roosevelt High School, began a correspondence with Alden, a man who was living in a nursing home and isolated by the pandemic. New York Times, "‘When Normal Life Stopped’: College Essays Reflect a Turbulent Year," 17 Mar. 2021 Henry opposed the law, and kept up a brisk correspondence with abolitionists, but he was hamstrung by Congress. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, "The Pre-Civil War Fight Against White Supremacy," 18 Jan. 2021 My 86-year-old father has had a two-year long email correspondence with his old high school girlfriend. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: As Mom’s acuity declines, Dad confides in his high school girlfriend," 16 Jan. 2021 During a pandemic is in many ways the perfect time to strike up a new correspondence. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Readers weigh in to offer their own advice," 27 Dec. 2020 During a pandemic is in many ways the perfect time to strike up a new correspondence. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Best way to find a woman is to stop looking," 26 Dec. 2020

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

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16 May 2021

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“Correspondence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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