[kawr-uh-spon-ding, kor-]


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

First recorded in 1570–80; correspond + -ing2
Related formscor·re·spond·ing·ly, adverbnon·cor·res·pond·ing, adjective, nounnon·cor·res·pond·ing·ly, adverbun·cor·re·spond·ing, adjectiveun·cor·re·spond·ing·ly, adverb


[kawr-uh-spond, kor-]

verb (used without object)

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

1520–30; < (< Middle French) Medieval Latin corrēspondēre. See cor-, respond
Related formscor·re·spond·ing·ly, adverbpre·cor·re·spond, verb (used without object)

Synonyms for correspond

Synonym study

1. Correspond, agree, accord imply comparing persons or things and finding that they harmonize. Correspond suggests having an obvious similarity, though not agreeing in every detail: Part of this report corresponds with the facts. Agree implies having or arriving at a condition in which no essential difference of opinion or detail is evident: All the reports agree. Accord emphasizes agreeing exactly, both in fact and in point of view: This report accords with the other. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corresponding

Contemporary Examples of corresponding

Historical Examples of corresponding

  • Deigma—A place in the Piræus, corresponding to the modern Exchange.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • A long vault, corresponding to the gallery above, led to these cellars.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Will you not, in this case, be prevented from corresponding either with Miss Howe, or with me?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • In its brain are produced two associated series of corresponding engrams.

British Dictionary definitions for corresponding


verb (intr)

(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
Derived Formscorrespondingly, adverb

Word Origin for correspond

C16: from Medieval Latin corrēspondēre, from Latin respondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for corresponding

1570s, past participle adjective from correspond. Not common until 19c., when it took on the adjectival function of correspondent. Related: Correspondingly (1836).



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.

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