cor·​re·​spond·​ing | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-diŋ How to pronounce corresponding (audio) , ˌkär- \

Definition of corresponding

1a : having or participating in the same relationship (such as kind, degree, position, correspondence, or function) especially with regard to the same or like wholes (such as geometric figures or sets) corresponding parts of similar triangles
b : related, accompanying individual rights and their corresponding responsibilities
2a : charged with the duty of writing letters corresponding secretary
b : participating or serving at a distance and by mail a corresponding member of the society

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Other Words from corresponding

correspondingly \ ˌkȯr-​ə-​ˈspän-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce correspondingly (audio) , ˌkär-​ \ adverb

Examples of corresponding in a Sentence

“Robert” is a boy's name, and the corresponding name for a girl is “Roberta.” a test question and its corresponding chapter in the textbook As the cost of steel goes up, expect to see a corresponding increase in building costs.
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Recent Examples on the Web Batian’s will be the 11th story in Red Mountain Park added to the app, which prompts users to listen to each story when GPS detects the user in each corresponding area. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Honorary marker unveiled at Red Mountain Park," 10 July 2019 In each case, when skilled individuals observed their craft being performed by others, their sensorimotor areas were more active than the corresponding areas in participants with less expertise. Raleigh Mcelvery, WIRED, "How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning," 31 Mar. 2019 In each case, when skilled individuals observed their craft being performed by others, their sensorimotor areas were more active than the corresponding areas in participants with less expertise. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception and Meaning," 25 Mar. 2019 This kicks off a corresponding increase in the population of the flies, whose parasitic behavior acts as an inhibitor, decreasing the population of ants. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Clustering pattern of Azteca ant colonies may be due to a Turing mechanism," 2 Jan. 2020 Renters and homebuyers across the country face rising prices with no corresponding income increases. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "Closed Doors: Lakewood among booming housing markets where low-income renters are pushed out," 24 Nov. 2019 Fewer shows meant a 13 percent reduction in the total number of performances, and a corresponding reduction in total attendance of 11 percent. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Guthrie reports balanced budget in 2018-19 fiscal year," 18 Nov. 2019 By subscribing to the pilot program, communities are promised to receive a 10% standard discount on their municipal accounts, plus a corresponding reduction in energy usage from other sources. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Several north suburban towns join solar power program," 18 Nov. 2019 Both use the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 from the corresponding models of the M5 sedan. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "The Right Amount of M," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of corresponding

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corresponding

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The first known use of corresponding was in 1579

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19 Feb 2020

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“Corresponding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of corresponding

: having the same characteristics as something else : matching something else
: directly related to something

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