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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 of correlate
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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  • That is why the study of the parental instinct, its correlate or source, is as important and serious as any that can be imagined.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • It is a mere chaos of facts, and they cannot explain or correlate them.

  • In regard to Relata, the inference holds from the correlate of the subject to the correlate of the predicate.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • We're going to have to correlate our work so that we'll know what we're doing.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • These are the men that providence can use to correlate the nations into essential democracy.

    The United Seas Robert W. Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for correlate

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 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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