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corresponding

[kawr-uh-spon-ding, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒn dɪŋ, ˌkɒr-/
adjective
1.
identical in all essentials or respects:
corresponding fingerprints.
2.
similar in position, purpose, form, etc.:
corresponding officials in two states.
3.
associated in a working or other relationship:
a bolt and its corresponding nut.
4.
dealing with correspondence:
a corresponding secretary.
5.
employing the mails as a means of association:
a corresponding member of a club.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; correspond + -ing2
Related forms
correspondingly, adverb
noncorresponding, adjective, noun
noncorrespondingly, adverb
uncorresponding, adjective
uncorrespondingly, adverb

correspond

[kawr-uh-spond, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒnd, ˌkɒr-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be in agreement or conformity (often followed by with or to):
His actions do not correspond with his words.
2.
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.
3.
to communicate by exchange of letters.
Origin
1520-30; < (< Middle French) Medieval Latin corrēspondēre. See cor-, respond
Related forms
correspondingly, adverb
precorrespond, verb (used without object)
Synonyms
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.
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  • The rainfall thus far this season has exceeded any record of corresponding periods in past years.
  • In some ways, self-paced online courses are a throwback to the days when learning at a distance meant corresponding by mail.
  • Every rouble would be backed by a corresponding ten cents in the central-bank vaults.
  • Call is higher pitched than corresponding call of the herring gull.
  • Color is used to indicate wave intensity, red corresponding to strong waves, blue corresponding to weak waves.
  • When one climbs a mountain one finds changes of climate corresponding to what would be found if one were to travel northward.
  • Understanding issues related to the levels of student preparation, its corresponding pedagogy and student development.
  • Each chromosome in an individual is a chimera of the corresponding chromosomes in one of his or her parents.
  • Draw the symbol or symbols inherited from the corresponding round two cards.
  • Each type also has a corresponding antiparticle, called an antineutrino.
British Dictionary definitions for corresponding

correspond

/ˌkɒrɪˈspɒnd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
usually foll by with or to. to conform, be in agreement, or be consistent or compatible (with); tally (with)
2.
(usually foll by to) to be similar or analogous in character or function
3.
(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 corresponding
adj.

1570s, past participle adjective from correspond. Not common until 19c., when it took on the adjectival function of correspondent. Related: Correspondingly (1836).

correspond

v.

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.

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