[kawr-uh-spond, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒnd, ˌkɒr-/

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.
verb (intransitive)
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

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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