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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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Examples from the web for correlates
  • Widespread and rapid glacier retreat worldwide which correlates with atmospheric warming is well established science.
  • Almost every bone in a chimp's body correlates with a bone in a human body.
  • The better each question correlates, the more likely it is to be used.
  • The rise of major financial centers correlates with the rise of the nation's economic power, but with a considerable time lag.
  • Abjection to children often correlates directly with churlishness to mates.
  • Progress in reasoning and writing correlates with taking more reading- and writing-intensive courses.
  • The study correlates reasons for withdrawal with the reasons for why the student took the course online in the first place.
  • Only data that suggests or correlates to higher outcomes.
  • It's usually redundant, because performance correlates with attendance even without it.
  • The tanked economy and lack of jobs correlates with military enlistments.
British Dictionary definitions for correlates

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 correlates

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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