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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 correlated
  • These abnormalities can be correlated with, or even cause, unhealthy conditions.
  • One possibility is that pay decision makers believe warmth is negatively correlated with competence.
  • We all know that high student evaluations are correlated with many variables.
  • And the rise of that system is closely correlated with the insane increases in tuition.
  • But practically speaking, age and marital status are not as well correlated as they used to be.
  • The team gathered information about how the animals' foraging habits correlated with the weather.
  • As if good personality is correlated with success in the entertainment industry.
  • People keep their eyes on sunspots because their frequency and intensity is correlated with the overall level of solar activity.
  • Spearman argued that grades or scores on seemingly unrelated tasks, such as arithmetic and reading ability, are highly correlated.
  • The authors then examined how well those two factors correlated with the size of a participant's amygdala and hippocampus.
British Dictionary definitions for correlated


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 correlated



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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