Definition of correlate in English:



  • 1 Have a mutual relationship or connection, in which one thing affects or depends on another.

    ‘the study found that success in the educational system correlates highly with class’
    • ‘If blood parasites have a detrimental effect on their hosts, heavy parasite infections will correlate with low host reproductive success.’
    • ‘We used these data to determine how the average protein connectivity correlates with the estimated time of origin.’
    • ‘Anxiety and depression did not correlate with type of headache at onset.’
    • ‘The problem is that water prices do not correlate with relative water scarcity.’
    • ‘Higher external scores on the Rotter scale have been found to correlate with higher depression scores.’
    • ‘The measure has been found to correlate well with theoretically related variables.’
    • ‘For example, as universal as preferential exclusion may be for stabilizers, it does not always correlate with effects on protein function.’
    • ‘This will indicate whether effective bond elasticity correlates with the efficiency of synapse formation, as predicted here.’
    • ‘Specifically, annual precipitation directly correlates with soil moisture, which affects plant growth and, consequently, the food of woodrats.’
    • ‘The specificity of the PDT effect correlates with the distribution and concentration of the photosensitizer in the tumor.’
    • ‘It is noteworthy that the communication observed in engaged couples does not correlate with their reported relationship satisfaction at the time.’
    • ‘Two such properties appear to correlate with the effects of the ions.’
    • ‘Marital conflict is also reported to correlate highly with concomitant depression.’
    • ‘Two quantities are considered correlated when they are affected by a common quantity.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he points out morosely, we probably shouldn't try: introspection correlates positively with depression.’
    • ‘It appears that sleep quality has a widespread effect on mood with better sleep quality correlating with less distress, whereas activity exerts potentially more specific effects on fatigue and confusion only.’
    • ‘Again, the types of cells affected correlate with the time of overexpression.’
    • ‘No dose-response effect was found, since duration of exposure did not correlate well with the severity of lesions.’
    • ‘This response does not correlate with the previous experiment, in which the effect was seen only at the 14-17 days time point.’
    • ‘Rodent studies have shown that antidepressants stimulate the growth of new neurons, and that this correlates with their mood-elevating effects.’
    correspond, agree, tally, match up, tie in, be consistent, be in agreement, be compatible, be consonant, be congruous, be in tune, be in harmony, harmonize, coordinate, dovetail
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    1. 1.1[with object]Establish a mutual relationship or connection between.
      ‘we should correlate general trends in public opinion with trends in the content of television news’
      • ‘Kenneth has been very useful as we were getting to grips with content information and correlating information from the medical team.’
      • ‘They then use weather rules, such as the following, to correlate these features and establish prediction patterns.’
      • ‘By correlating these measures with established markers of intelligence, researchers postulate theoretical models underlying these information-processing constructs.’
      • ‘Members used the forms to report information about issues and correlate it to the appropriate principle of aseptic technique.’
      • ‘I wish someone in the media would start correlating all these statistics and using them effectively to counteract all the lies.’
      • ‘They must be reoriented to correlate diverse information flows in a way that focuses on the efficiency with which resources are combined and applied to health outcomes on a daily basis.’
      • ‘The group's design manipulates the laser beam instead of using a translation stage to shift the sample, which allows the user to scan the sample layer by layer while still correlating the information spatially.’
      • ‘By correlating information it would be possible to identifying anyone who is attempting to prize open the doors of a variety of Internet addresses.’
      • ‘The data from imaging studies should then be correlated with the clinical information.’
      • ‘Information from one port simply cannot be correlated with other ports or other shipments.’
      • ‘Instructor-generated questions are provided to guide the students in interpreting and correlating the information throughout the process.’
      • ‘The length of time in a mentoring relationship was positively correlated with success.’
      • ‘Someone has to correlate information from a variety of sensors, and figure out what's a false alarm and what's real.’
      • ‘This study builds on the transactions recorded in the journal by correlating them with information gleaned from other sources, such as history books, the U.S. census, and the knowledge of local amateur historians.’
      • ‘Such information may turn out to be useful for correlating protein expression levels with diseases or other conditions, such as reactions to drugs.’
      • ‘A business analyst might correlate information on orders with cost of goods sold in order to understand profit contribution.’
      • ‘The inspector will question the availability of patient information and the system for correlating it with test data.’
      • ‘It appears that there is an innate ability to correlate the sensory information of a visually perceived expression with the muscle movement involved in imitating the expression.’
      • ‘Concurrent validity would be established by correlating the scores of participants with their scores on each of the other three tests.’
      • ‘His purpose in these and other investigations was to gather and correlate information that would be useful in improving aircraft safety.’
      connect, analogize, associate, relate, compare, bring together, set side by side, show a connection between, show a relationship between, show an association between, show a correspondence between, draw an analogy between
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  • Each of two or more related or complementary things.

    ‘strategies to promote health should pay greater attention to financial hardship and other correlates of poverty’
    • ‘Among these is a highly regarded, innovative series of studies on the behavioral correlates and long-term consequences of early and late physical maturing.’
    • ‘Before going on to consider the hormonal correlates of these types of disturbance, it is important to consider a classification of the types of effects.’
    • ‘This research strategy allows for much more accurate descriptions of behavioral correlates of neuropsychological tests and their related measures.’
    • ‘Forty clinical correlates relating to symptoms, signs, and investigations are entered.’
    • ‘Instead, the correlates and outcomes of peer rejection were assessed without controlling for aggression.’
    • ‘It is increasingly apparent that these shared mediating variables may provide stronger correlates to desired behavioral outcomes than do the theoretical models as a whole.’
    • ‘In recent years, peer relations researchers have moved beyond examination of the correlates and consequences of rejection.’
    • ‘Familiarity was a correlate of relatedness, as is true in nature.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there are similarities between correlates of species richness in bogs and causes of species richness of ants in habitats where ants have been studied more extensively.’
    • ‘Our results suggest that ecological correlates of paternity may be revealed only after testing for interactions in multivariate analyses.’
    • ‘Still, whatever the case, we have to conclude that the appearance of language and its anatomical correlates was not driven by natural selection, however beneficial these innovations may appear in hindsight to have been.’
    • ‘So the gene does have some effect on ability to articulate speech, but has other correlates as well, including significant intelligence deficit.’
    • ‘Further research is warranted to clarify the role of pulmonary mechanics as correlates of weaning outcomes in patients with and without pulmonary disease.’
    • ‘What are the affective and socialpsychological consequences or correlates of perceiving prejudice and discrimination aimed at oneself and one's group?’
    • ‘In time, we were informed, similar bodily correlates would be found for all emotional states.’
    • ‘The meaningfulness of this distinction awaits validation by external correlates.’
    • ‘To summarize, exploration of the complex correlates of one particularly easily measured cost raises more doubts about how to treat the costs of mutualism in a comparative context.’
    • ‘The book examines each strength - its meaning, measurement, causes, correlates and consequences - in a separate chapter by a prominent psychologist studying that area.’
    • ‘Most major problems facing our nation involve psychological causes, correlates or consequences.’
    • ‘Logistic regression was used to determine the association of outcomes with individual correlates and of interaction terms with ethnicity.’
    consequence, result, upshot, outcome, out-turn, effect, repercussion, reverberations, sequel, product, by-product, spin-off, conclusion, end, end result
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Mid 17th century (as a noun): back-formation from correlation and correlative.