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[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.
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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.
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  1. mutually or reciprocally related.
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  1. either of two related things, especially when one implies the other.
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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 correlating

interact, correspond, coordinate, parallel, connect, associate

Examples from the Web for correlating

Historical Examples of correlating

  • 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


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



1640s, perhaps a back-formation from correlation.

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

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