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correlate

[verb, adjective kawr-uh-leyt, kor-; noun kawr-uh-lit, -leyt, kor-]
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verb (used with object), cor·re·lat·ed, cor·re·lat·ing.
  1. to place in or bring into mutual or reciprocal relation; establish in orderly connection: to correlate expenses and income.
verb (used without object), cor·re·lat·ed, cor·re·lat·ing.
  1. to have a mutual or reciprocal relation; stand in correlation: The results of the two tests correlate to a high degree.
adjective
  1. mutually or reciprocally related.
noun
  1. either of two related things, especially when one implies the other.

Origin of correlate

1635–45; probably back formation from correlation and correlative
Related formscor·re·lat·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·cor·re·late, verb (used with object), in·ter·cor·re·lat·ed, in·ter·cor·re·lat·ing.non·cor·re·lat·ing, adjectiveun·cor·re·lat·ed, adjectiveun·cor·re·lat·ed·ly, adverb
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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.

    A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)

    Henry Smith Williams

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for correlating

correlate

verb
  1. to place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
  2. (tr) to establish or show a correlation
adjective
  1. having a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
noun
  1. either of two things mutually or reciprocally related
Derived Formscorrelatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for correlating

correlate

n.

1640s, perhaps a back-formation from correlation.

correlate

v.

1742, back-formation from correlation, or else a verbal use of the noun. Related: Correlated; correlating; correlative.

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