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 with The 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 But Cruise is paying undisclosed sums to Sundale and Moonlight in exchange for renewable energy credits that correspond to the same amount of power Cruise uses from the grid. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Aug. 2021 The lovable blue rodent can be found in the countries around World Showcase with ingredients that correspond to the stickers. Matthew J. Palm,, 13 Aug. 2021 Their findings also indicate disparities in vaccination rates among these workers that correspond to income and other factors. Maggie Fox, CNN, 29 July 2021 By entering at Oui's Instagram by Thursday, July 22 at 3pm ET, 1,000 lucky winners will win a self-care pack stocked with six Essie polishes in shades that correspond to different Oui yogurt flavors. Kaitlyn Frey,, 19 July 2021 The main trail is an interpretive trail, with small, numbered signs along the way that correspond to information about the forest in the brochures. oregonlive, 13 July 2021 Minority students are more likely to select majors and careers that correspond to social justice issues. Ali Shahbaz, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Cult classics like Chanel No. 5 and Rouge Noir nail polish are arranged alongside the brand’s latest releases in stations that correspond to the steps of a routine (cleanse, treat, define). New York Times, 11 May 2021 Those counters are wearing colored T-shirts that correspond to those areas. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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24 Sep 2021

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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
: 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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