Other forms: corresponding; corresponds; corresponded

When two things correspond, they match up or are equivalent to one another. You might come up with a code in which numbers correspond to letters of the alphabet. Correspond can also mean to send messages back and forth. You can use your code to correspond with your pen pal.

The word correspond can mean "communicating back and forth," like using email to correspond with a far-away cousin. It can also mean "be alike," as in having friends whose interests and personalities correspond to your own. Finally, it can be "be equal to," as in getting a score on a standardized test that corresponds with those of students taking the same subjects as you but who live in other states or countries.

Definitions of correspond
  1. verb
    take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
    synonyms: represent, stand for
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  2. verb
    be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics
    synonyms: equate
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    type of:
    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  3. verb
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    synonyms: agree, check, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    check, check out
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    disaccord, disagree, discord
    be different from one another
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    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    accord in appearance with
    match or correspond
    be the same
    be or come into adjustment with
    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    be parallel to
    duplicate, parallel, twin
    duplicate or match
    be compatible with
    bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
    be homologous
    befit, beseem, suit
    accord or comport with
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
    form a pattern
    adhere, hew
    be compatible or in accordance with
    rhyme, rime
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    be co-ordinated
    look like
    bear a physical resemblance to
    come to life
    be lifelike, as of a painting
    take after
    be similar to a relative
    approximate, come close
    be close or similar
    fill the bill, fit the bill
    be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
    behoove, behove
    be appropriate or necessary
    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    echo, recall
    call to mind
    blend, blend in, go
    blend or harmonize
    accommodate, fit, suit
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  4. verb
    exchange messages
    “My Russian pen pal and I have been corresponding for several years”
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    drop a line, write
    communicate (with) in writing




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