cor·​re·​spond·​ing | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspän-diŋ, 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 , 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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In the corresponding photo, the duo look extremely cozy with each other, their smiles stretching from ear to ear. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Have Taken Instagram Flirting to New Heights," 19 Oct. 2018 Beginning in the second week after an increase in pollution levels, the researchers found a corresponding increase in respiratory infections, peaking in the third week after the PM2.5 increase. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Air Pollution May Pose Serious Risks to Young Children," 13 Apr. 2018 In a corresponding move, the Sox designated right-hander Chris Beck for assignment. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox ace Carlos Rodon to make season debut against Red Sox," 9 June 2018 That deep level of intimacy requires a corresponding level of trust. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Are people really deleting their Facebook accounts? It's complicated," 28 Mar. 2018 Note: The descriptions of items on the tariff list have been simplified, and the corresponding values don’t include all items within those descriptions. WSJ, "From Seafood to Mattresses: How the Latest Tariffs Would Affect U.S. Businesses," 12 July 2018 Zero owners out of 30 would forfeit 12 home dates per season and their corresponding revenue. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Finally Free From LeBron’s Reign, the N.B.A. East Has No Reason to Change," 5 July 2018 Though Tim Federowicz was added to the roster from Class AAA Fresno in a corresponding move, Max Stassi will assume most of McCann's regular reps. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Brian McCann lands on DL again, has surgery on knee," 3 July 2018 RHP Josh Lucas was sent to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. ... Washington Post, "A’s lefty Manaea pitches no-hitter vs streaking Red Sox," 22 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of corresponding

: having the same characteristics as something else : matching something else

: directly related to something

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