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[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.
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.
to have a mutual or reciprocal relation; stand in correlation:
The results of the two tests correlate to a high degree.
mutually or reciprocally related.
either of two related things, especially when one implies the other.
Origin of correlate
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for correlate
  • These upswings correlate with a rise in sea surface temperatures.
  • The study also found that these upswings in hurricane strength correlate with a rise in sea-surface temperatures.
  • Body temperatures were found to correlate closely with how well each tree hole was insulated.
  • Ask them to consider making the size of the symbol correlate to the amount of the data it represents.
  • Social awareness is another part, and this does not correlate with intelligence.
  • Civilization should correlate with global warming, but the direction of causation should be from climate to civilization.
  • It appears from this article that some only correlate use of technology as teaching on-line courses.
  • Fine, but the ends do not correlate with the means in terms of teaching to different learning styles.
  • Unfortunately, early onset of periods does not correlate to early onset of menopause.
  • Improper weight and diet strongly correlate with chronic diseases, which account for three-fourths of all health-care spending.
British Dictionary definitions for correlate


to place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
(transitive) to establish or show a correlation
having a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
either of two things mutually or reciprocally related
Derived Forms
correlatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for correlate

1640s, perhaps a back-formation from correlation.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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