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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And according to a royal family fan on Instagram, Prince Charles has been replying to personal correspondence sent to him regarding his forthcoming grandchild. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Sent the Most Adorable Thank You Letters in Response to Royal Baby News," 22 Nov. 2018 According to Motherboard, IsHaKdZ provided alleged email correspondence between themselves and Ticketfly employees who did not respond to the hacker. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Hacker Claims They Warned Ticketfly About Website Vulnerability, Sought Payment Before Taking Down," 1 June 2018 Sutton has proposed toughening lobbying and self-dealing laws, creating a stronger state ethics commission and working to make government documents such as emails, correspondence and calendars public records under South Dakota law. James Nord, The Seattle Times, "Democrat to debate with rare shot at governor’s race win," 22 Oct. 2018 Peck brings his subject back to life in archival footage and in readings of his work and correspondence by the actor Samuel L. Jackson. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 According to Sullivan-Bennis, for a while, prison guards didn’t give Gul access to the official blue envelopes required for all legal correspondence. Longreads, "Guantánamo, Forever," 1 Mar. 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent the sweetest correspondence to children at a school in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Just Sent the Sweetest Letters to a Group of Schoolchildren," 13 Apr. 2019 Allure has reached out to the attorney listed as Olivia Jade's representation in the trademark correspondence and will update this post upon receiving a comment. Marci Robin, Allure, "Olivia Jade’s Beauty Brand Trademark Application May Be Rejected Over Grammatical Errors," 28 Mar. 2019 The correspondence is said to have asked all those players who have not been at the World Cup to report for fitness tests on Saturday and Sunday ahead of pre-season. SI.com, "Chelsea in Fresh Row With Antonio Conte as Manager Objects to Club Setting Pre-Season Start Date," 5 July 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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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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