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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Attorneys say notices of court appearances from ICE sometimes don't identify the date of the hearing; other mail correspondence is sent to incorrect addresses. Author: Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant families wait in dread, but no sign of large-scale enforcement raids," 15 July 2019 In 2015, Sestan struck up an email correspondence with John L. Robertson, a veterinarian and research professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 In all, 18 members of the NRA’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group during the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and NRA correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post. oregonlive.com, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by top officials and vendors," 10 June 2019 In all, 18 members of the NRA’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group in the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and NRA correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by officials, vendors," 10 June 2019 General correspondence records — which city emails are often classified as — must be preserved for at least two years, according to the state policy followed by the City of Detroit. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "City fundraising office deleted emails about nonprofit tied to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan," 4 Apr. 2019 Over the weekend, Michelle Wolf, best known for botching the White House correspondence dinner with attacks again Sarah Sanders, called Ivanka Trump a selection of names some of which are too graphic to air. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway responds to Democrats' calls to abolish ICE," 3 July 2018 Although their romance was hush-hush in their lifetimes, a trove of correspondence made public late in the 20th century illustrates a deep intimacy. Sarah Begley, Time, "Eleanor Roosevelt's Real-Life True Love Takes a Novel Turn in White Houses," 15 Feb. 2018 Keep track of all correspondence There are so many ways to get in touch with people, from Skype to WeChat to direct messaging over Instagram. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 ways to protect your child online," 6 June 2019

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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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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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