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[verb, adjective kawr-uh-leyt, kor-; noun kawr-uh-lit, -leyt, kor-] /verb, adjective ˈkɔr əˌleɪt, ˈkɒr-; noun 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 correlating
Historical Examples
  • A mass of data is already at hand, and in process of sorting and correlating.

  • Furthermore, the subject is capable of correlating everything.

    Last Resort Stephen Bartholomew
  • Their active little brains are almost wholly engaged in correlating and co-ordinating smells with actions.

  • The perfect Form of mastership belongs to the Gods, correlating with its proper Form of servantship.

  • Of course, he was right; mere facts, without the correlating idea, are nothing and lead to no conclusion.

    The Terror Arthur Machen
  • At some length, she explained the nature and purpose of the tests, and her method of scoring and correlating them.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • We simply need the correlating force that shall join the two in the immediate relief of our sadly wobbling railroad situation.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • The data we got from correlating those 'misreadings' from the various IP posts mean a lot.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • Looking at it in this lightand there seemed no other way of correlating this literature with human lifeOld Mole was distressed.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • This book is an attempt at correlating sleep and dreams and at explaining sleep through dreams.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
British Dictionary definitions for correlating


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 correlating



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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