[ verb, adjective kawr-uh-leyt, kor-; noun kawr-uh-lit, -leyt, kor- ]
See synonyms for: correlatecorrelatedcorrelatescorrelating on

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.

  1. mutually or reciprocally related.

  1. either of two related things, especially when one implies the other.

Origin of correlate

First recorded in 1635–45; probably back formation from correlation and correlative

Other words from correlate

  • cor·re·lat·a·ble, adjective
  • in·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, adjective
  • un·cor·re·lat·ed, adjective
  • un·cor·re·lat·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use correlate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for correlate


/ (ˈkɒrɪˌleɪt) /

  1. to place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship

  2. (tr) to establish or show a correlation

  1. having a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship

  1. either of two things mutually or reciprocally related

Derived forms of correlate

  • correlatable, adjective

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