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correlate

[v., adj. kawr-uh-leyt, kor-; n. kawr-uh-lit, -leyt, kor-] /v., adj. ˈkɔr əˌleɪt, ˈkɒr-; n. ˈkɔr ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, ˈkɒr-/
verb (used with object), correlated, correlating.
1.
to place in or bring into mutual or reciprocal relation; establish in orderly connection:
to correlate expenses and income.
verb (used without object), correlated, correlating.
2.
to have a mutual or reciprocal relation; stand in correlation:
The results of the two tests correlate to a high degree.
adjective
3.
mutually or reciprocally related.
noun
4.
either of two related things, especially when one implies the other.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; probably back formation from correlation and correlative
Related forms
correlatable, adjective
intercorrelate, verb (used with object), intercorrelated, intercorrelating.
noncorrelating, adjective
uncorrelated, adjective
uncorrelatedly, adverb
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  • correlating ages with isotope levels revealed the regeneration rate.
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  • But here it's rather bluntly politically biased, and to me it's as useful as correlating life expectancy to banana imports.
  • And because smallpox has been eradicated in the wild, correlating antibody levels with susceptibility is not possible.
  • Now correlating temperature with gravity is an even bigger leap.
  • Also there are numerous papers on the web correlating sunspot activity to the planet's temperature.
  • The solar activity has decreased during the last year by a correlating proportion.
  • correlating homicide to psychology, sociology, politics and economics may be complex.
  • There's a fallacy at the basis of this argument: you are correlating the existence of a mind with the existence of a brain.
  • Given the awesome correlating powers of today's stock trading computers, the idea may not be as far-fetched as you think.
British Dictionary definitions for correlating

correlate

/ˈkɒrɪˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
2.
(transitive) to establish or show a correlation
adjective
3.
having a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
noun
4.
either of two things mutually or reciprocally related
Derived Forms
correlatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for correlating

correlate

n.

1640s, perhaps a back-formation from correlation.

v.

1742, back-formation from correlation, or else a verbal use of the noun. Related: Correlated; correlating; correlative.

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