cor·​re·​spond | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd How to pronounce correspond (audio) , ˌkär- \
corresponded; corresponding; corresponds

Definition of correspond

intransitive verb

1a : to be in conformity or agreement … the ideal failed once again to correspond with the reality …— James R. Sutherland
b : to compare closely : match usually used with to or withThe number of ballots cast should correspond to the number of people present.
c : to be equivalent or parallel In some countries, the role of president corresponds to that of prime minister.
2 : to communicate with a person by exchange of letters

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Examples of correspond in a Sentence

In some countries, the role of president corresponds to that of prime minister. the joints on a horse that correspond to the human knees Each number corresponds to a location on the map. We'll revise the schedule to correspond with the school calendar.
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Recent Examples on the Web City and county health policies may correspond with, or override, the state’s rules. Aidin Vaziri,, "California eases restrictions on small gatherings ahead of the holidays," 12 Oct. 2020 Plaintiffs’ attorney Chiraag Bains said the intense traffic doesn’t correspond with registration estimates. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida website collapse left 20,000 unable to register to vote: Federal judge," 9 Oct. 2020 For classrooms, the current regulations of primary air flow correspond to an air exchange of about six per hour. Suresh Dhaniyala, The Conversation, "When COVID-19 superspreaders are talking, where you sit in the room matters," 5 Oct. 2020 What’s more, the crows’ responses didn’t simply correspond with the brightness and clarity of the figure on the screen. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Do Crows Possess a Form of Consciousness?," 30 Sep. 2020 Unlike other full moons, the Full Harvest Moon doesn't correspond to a specific month. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "October's Full Harvest Moon Will Light up the Sky This Week," 30 Sep. 2020 Taking such factors into account, this would correspond with a peak wind of about 121 mph (105 knots), in the Category 3 range. Washington Post, "Inside the hurricane that drove Alexander Hamilton to America," 26 Sep. 2020 Because Manhattan's street grid is offset about 30 degrees from the points of the compass, the dates when the phenomenon is visible don't correspond with the equinoxes. Kyle Bentle,, "Viewing ‘Chicagohenge’: How it works," 21 Sep. 2020 Yes, here a person is often addressed in ways that don’t correspond with their self-definition. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Emotional Labor Is a Store Clerk Confronting a Maskless Customer," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of correspond

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for correspond

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French correspondre, from Medieval Latin correspondēre, from Latin com- + respondēre to respond

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The first known use of correspond was in 1529

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Correspond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of correspond

: to be similar or equal to something
: to have a direct relationship to or with something
somewhat formal : to write to someone or to each other


cor·​re·​spond | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈspänd How to pronounce correspond (audio) \
corresponded; corresponding

Kids Definition of correspond

1 : to be alike : agree Her finished sculpture did not correspond to how she had imagined it.
2 : to compare closely The words “give” and “donate” correspond in meaning.
3 : to communicate with a person by exchanging letters

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