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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Related Words for correlated

interact, correspond, coordinate, parallel, connect, associate

Examples from the Web for correlated

Contemporary Examples of correlated

Historical Examples of correlated

  • Nor does he suppose it to result from what he calls "correlated development."

  • When some of them were turned off in the Monroe plant, the rest must have correlated the data.


    Robert Sheckley

  • There never has been a Prof. Owen who has explained: he has correlated.

  • All of these correlated studies are set forth with detail and illustration.

  • The small schools must be correlated with some form of high school.

    Chapters in Rural Progress

    Kenyon L. Butterfield

British Dictionary definitions for correlated



to place or be placed in a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship
(tr) to establish or show a correlation


having a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship


either of two things mutually or reciprocally related
Derived Formscorrelatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for correlated



1640s, perhaps a back-formation from correlation.



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

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