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 With everything at a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the corresponding ripples across all levels will be felt once a restart plan is in place. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' pitching scenario anything but normal when 2020 season starts," 9 May 2020 The corresponding goal, McKinney said, is to find advertising and sponsorship dollars to support the publication's administrative side. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Nuvo founder tells supporters publication will cease operations," 30 Apr. 2020 Players spin giant rings with symbols and, using a giant rolling dice as a step ladder, find the corresponding tile with the symbol the ring lands on in the pots hanging above. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: A personal attack results in a champ's downfall," 23 Apr. 2020 This is the underlying pathology of pneumonia, with its corresponding symptoms: coughing; fever; and rapid, shallow respiration. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes," 17 Apr. 2020 Combined with last week's report that 3.3 million people sought unemployment aid two weeks ago, the U.S. economy has now suffered nearly 10 million layoffs in just the past few weeks — far exceeding the figure for any corresponding period on record. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks," 3 Apr. 2020 Multnomah County’s crisis line and the nonprofit crisis-line call center Lines for Life didn’t experience a corresponding increase in calls from people threatening suicide, their supervisors said. oregonlive, "Calls from suicidal people to 911 are rising, Portland police say. Coronavirus could be fueling anxiety.," 25 Mar. 2020 The poll results are mixed for Trump, with support for killing the general not translating into a corresponding increase in approval of his handling of foreign affairs. Washington Post, "Poll: Many in US support Trump decision to kill Iran general," 24 Jan. 2020 The corresponding values are the number of headlines by year. New York Times, "What’s Going On in This Graph? | War Headlines," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of corresponding

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corresponding

see correspond

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The first known use of corresponding was in 1579

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13 May 2020

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“Corresponding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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