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[kawr-uh-spond, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒnd, ˌkɒr-/
verb (used without object)
to be in agreement or conformity (often followed by with or to):
His actions do not correspond with his words.
to be similar or analogous; be equivalent in function, position, amount, etc. (usually followed by to):
The U.S. Congress corresponds to the British Parliament.
to communicate by exchange of letters.
Origin of correspond
1520-30; < (< Middle French) Medieval Latin corrēspondēre. See cor-, respond
Related forms
correspondingly, adverb
precorrespond, verb (used without object)
1. harmonize, match, tally. Correspond, agree, accord imply comparing persons or things and finding that they harmonize. Correspond suggests having an obvious similarity, though not agreeing in every detail: Part of this report corresponds with the facts. Agree implies having or arriving at a condition in which no essential difference of opinion or detail is evident: All the reports agree. Accord emphasizes agreeing exactly, both in fact and in point of view: This report accords with the other. Unabridged
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  • The 'primary qualities' do not correspond in this way to an objective world radically opposed to the subjective.

  • Will he deny me the visits of my dearest friend, and forbid me to correspond with her?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It might be said to correspond somewhat to the old custom of offering the snuffbox.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • I would no more converse with the one, than correspond with the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The outside design of the piece of copper is made to correspond to the design of the clock.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
British Dictionary definitions for correspond


verb (intransitive)
usually foll by with or to. to conform, be in agreement, or be consistent or compatible (with); tally (with)
(usually foll by to) to be similar or analogous in character or function
(usually foll by with) to communicate by letter
Derived Forms
correspondingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin corrēspondēre, from Latin respondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for correspond

1520s, "to be in agreement, to be in harmony with," from Middle French correspondre (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin correspondere, from cor- (see com-) "together, with each other" + respondere "to answer" (see respond).

Originally in Medieval Latin of two things in mutual action, but by later Medieval Latin it could be used of one thing only. In English, sense of "to be similar" (to) is from 1640s; that of "to hold communication with" is from c.1600; specifically "to communicate by means of letters" from 1640s (in mid-18c. it also could mean "have sex"). Related: Corresponded; corresponding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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