- 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 correspond
Franco adopted different looks for each section to correspond with their respective psyche.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
They just liked what they liked, which happened to correspond to what a lot of other little girls liked.Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly
May 17, 2014
The number of lunar cycles does not correspond easily to the number of seasonal ones.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time
January 6, 2013
The rising statistics may correspond to the high number of unemployed Americans worrying about putting food on the table.Is Suicide Still Shocking?
January 2, 2013
It was her kind heart and trusting personality that may have led her to correspond online with Legebokoff.A Teen Serial Killer in Canada?
October 23, 2011
Tell me, Clary, and tell me truly—Do you not continue to correspond with Mr. Lovelace?
I would no more converse with the one, than correspond with the other.
Will he deny me the visits of my dearest friend, and forbid me to correspond with her?
No-body will be permitted to see you, or to correspond with you.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
A weak proof, for we can have an idea which does not correspond with an object.Initiation into Philosophy
- (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 correspond
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.