from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be in agreement, harmony, or conformity.
  • intransitive v. To be similar or equivalent in character, quantity, origin, structure, or function: English navel corresponds to Greek omphalos. See Synonyms at agree.
  • intransitive v. To communicate by letter, usually over a period of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to be equivalent or similar in character, quantity, quality, origin, structure, function etc.
  • v. to exchange messages, especially by postal letter, over a period of time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be like something else in the dimensions and arrangement of its parts; -- followed by with or to.
  • intransitive v. To be adapted; to be congruous; to suit; to agree; to fit; to answer; -- followed by to.
  • intransitive v. To have intercourse or communion; especially, to hold intercourse or to communicate by sending and receiving letters; -- followed by with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be in the same or an analogous relation to one set of objects that something else is to another set of objects; to be, as an individual of a collection, related to an individual of another collection by some mode of relation in which the members of the first collection generally are related to those of the second: followed by to.
  • More generally In mathematics, to be, as an individual of a set, related to an individual of another (or the same) set in a way in which every individual of the first set is related to a definite number of individuals of the second set, and in which a definite number of individuals of the first set is related to each individual of the second set.
  • To be in conformity or agreement; have an answering form or nature; be reciprocally adapted or complementary; agree; match; fit: used absolutely or followed by with or to: as, his words and actions do not correspond; the promise and the performance do not correspond with each other; his expenditures do not correspond to his income.
  • To communicate by means of letters sent and received; hold intercourse with a person at a distance by sending and receiving letters: absolutely or followed by with.
  • To hold communion: followed by with.
  • Synonyms (Of correspond to.) To suit, answer to, accord with, harmonize with, tally with, comport with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
  • v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • v. be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics
  • v. exchange messages


French correspondre, from Medieval Latin correspondēre : Latin com-, com- + respondēre, to respond; see respond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French correspondre, from Latin com- ("with") + respondeo ("to match, to answer to") (Wiktionary)


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