- 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.
Origin of corresponding
- 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
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Examples from the Web for corresponding
But it is not working with the corresponding tribes on the Syrian side of the mostly nonexistent Iraq-Syria border.Military Hates White House ‘Micromanagement’ of ISIS War
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
October 31, 2014
Numbers were read off, each one corresponding to an alternate who would be seated.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
In 1988, the corresponding percentages were 51 percent and 60 percent.16 and Abstinent?
January 18, 2014
When a larger version of the symbol displayed, I hit the corresponding number as quickly as possible.What Happened When I Replaced Coffee With 30 Seconds of Exercise
December 2, 2013
Powers was corresponding with more than 200 women at the time of his arrest.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
Deigma—A place in the Piræus, corresponding to the modern Exchange.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A long vault, corresponding to the gallery above, led to these cellars.Weighed and Wanting
Will you not, in this case, be prevented from corresponding either with Miss Howe, or with me?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.White Fang
In its brain are produced two associated series of corresponding engrams.The Sexual Question
- (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
Word Origin and History for corresponding
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.