Definition of correspondence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkôrəˈspändəns/
Pronunciation: /ˌkärəˈspändəns/


1A close similarity, connection, or equivalence: there is a simple correspondence between the distance of a focused object from the eye and the size of its image on the retina
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  • Metaphorical extension does, however, presuppose the recognition of similarities, or correspondences, between the source and the target domains.
  • Some close correspondences can be found between the rhetoric of Robinson and that of Cicero and, to an even greater extent, Quintilian.
  • So I wasn't satisfied with just noting a few close correspondences.
correlation, agreement, consistency, compatibility, consonance, conformity, similarity, resemblance, parallel, comparability, accord, concurrence, coincidence
2Communication by exchanging letters with someone: the organization engaged in detailed correspondence with local congressmen
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  • He also reads the Limerick Leader and is in regular correspondence with cousins and neighbours in Ballingrane.
  • The two associations were in correspondence with one another and exchanged printed minutes.
  • They could suggest only that there would be direct correspondence with the President.
2.1Letters sent or received: his wife dealt with his private correspondence
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  • So I sent back a letter asking for all future correspondence to be sent direct to me.
  • I sent to your Honour some copies of correspondence that was received and sent overnight.
  • I have received correspondence from the Department that indicates the need for the supplement is acknowledged.
letters, messages, missives, mail, post;



Pronunciation: /-dənsē/
( rare)
Example sentences
  • ‘Borrowing’ may be shown by excessive ‘correspondency’ in the manner of the imitation.
  • There are marked and prominent outlines of correspondency between the two dispensations.
  • However, there is very little information on the correspondency conserved at the archives of the same foundation.


Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondent- 'corresponding' (see correspondent).

Words that rhyme with correspondence


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Syllabification: cor·re·spond·ence

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