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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.


[kawr-uh-spon-ding, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒn dɪŋ, ˌkɒr-/
identical in all essentials or respects:
corresponding fingerprints.
similar in position, purpose, form, etc.:
corresponding officials in two states.
associated in a working or other relationship:
a bolt and its corresponding nut.
dealing with correspondence:
a corresponding secretary.
employing the mails as a means of association:
a corresponding member of a club.
1570-80; correspond + -ing2
Related forms
correspondingly, adverb
noncorresponding, adjective, noun
noncorrespondingly, adverb
uncorresponding, adjective
uncorrespondingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • A consolidation of these enterprises in 1969 reduced their number by half and correspondingly increased their average size.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • When one is elevated, the other is correspondingly depressed.

  • Having been in great trepidation about the play, I am correspondingly elated by the belief that it really is a success.

  • correspondingly sleep may be prevented by disturbances in any one of these spheres.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • The responsibility thus placed upon the teacher is correspondingly great, and requires unusual devotion and skill.

    How to Teach Religion George Herbert Betts
  • To denounce this is dignified, but it is also easy and most often correspondingly useless.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • correspondingly, the merozoites, to which they give rise, are also different (micro-and mega-merozoites).

British Dictionary definitions for correspondingly


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 correspondingly



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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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