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If one thing is similar or analogous to another, or related closely to it, it is said to correspond to it:

• Gandhi's concept of Religion corresponds to his concept of Truth —G. Richards, 1991.

If one thing is in harmony or agreement with another, it is said to correspond with or to it:

• There were two bedrooms to correspond with the rooms downstairs —D. H. Lawrence, 1921

• The broadcasting service should be conducted by a public corporation…and its status and duties should correspond with those of a public service —R. Negrine, 1992.

If two people exchange letters, they are said to correspond with one another:

• Though it is not known how the two friends met, they were corresponding with each other by 1945 —F. Spalding, 1991.

In all these meanings, correspond can also be used absolutely, without to or with:

• My brother Michael…and I corresponded about socialism and religion —Tony Benn, 1979.

It is also common as a participial adjective corresponding:

• For the corresponding period in the previous year 818 men had been accommodated, plus 22 women and one child —B. Cashman, 1988.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Correspond — Cor re*spond (k?r r? sp?nd ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Corresponded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Corresponding}.] [Pref. cor + respond: cf. f. correspondre.] 1. To be like something else in the dimensions and arrangement of its parts; followed by with or to;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • correspond — UK US /ˌkɒrɪˈspɒnd/ verb [I] ► COMMUNICATIONS to communicate with someone by letter or email: correspond with sb »There has been some problem in the way insurers are corresponding with customers. ► to match something, or be similar or equal to… …   Financial and business terms

  • correspond — [v1] agree, complement accord, amount, approach, assimilate, be consistent, be identical to, be similar to, coincide, compare, conform, correlate, dovetail, equal, fit, harmonize, lip sync, match, partake of, reciprocate, resemble, rival, square …   New thesaurus

  • correspond — I (be equivalent) verb adapt to, agree, answer the purpose, appertain, approach, approximate, be accordant, be akin, complement, be complemental, be congruent, be related, bear resemblance, belong, border on, bring into relation with, cohere,… …   Law dictionary

  • correspond — 1520s, to be in agreement, to be in harmony with, from M.Fr. correspondre (14c.) or directly from M.L. correspondere, from cor (see COM (Cf. com )) together, with each other + respondere to answer (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Originally in M.L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • correspond — *agree, square, accord, tally, jibe, harmonize, conform Analogous words: approach, touch, *match, rival, equal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • correspond — ► VERB 1) match or agree almost exactly. 2) be comparable or equivalent in character or form. 3) communicate by exchanging letters. ORIGIN Latin correspondere, from respondere answer …   English terms dictionary

  • correspond — [kôr΄ə spänd′, kär΄ə spänd′] vi. [MFr correspondre < ML correspondere < L com , together + respondere, to RESPOND] 1. to be in agreement (with something); conform ( to something); tally; harmonize 2. to be similar, analogous, or equal, (to… …   English World dictionary

  • correspond */*/ — UK [ˌkɒrɪˈspɒnd] / US [ˌkɔrəˈspɑnd] verb [intransitive] Word forms correspond : present tense I/you/we/they correspond he/she/it corresponds present participle corresponding past tense corresponded past participle corresponded 1) a) to be the… …   English dictionary

  • correspond — cor|re|spond [ ,kɔrə spand ] verb intransitive ** 1. ) to be the same as something else, or very much like it: If their statements correspond, we ll have no trouble. correspond with: The statistics do not correspond with our own experience.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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