Definition of correlate in English:



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  • 1Have 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’
    • ‘Rodent studies have shown that antidepressants stimulate the growth of new neurons, and that this correlates with their mood-elevating effects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The specificity of the PDT effect correlates with the distribution and concentration of the photosensitizer in the tumor.’
    • ‘Anxiety and depression did not correlate with type of headache at onset.’
    • ‘Marital conflict is also reported to correlate highly with concomitant depression.’
    • ‘No dose-response effect was found, since duration of exposure did not correlate well with the severity of lesions.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he points out morosely, we probably shouldn't try: introspection correlates positively with depression.’
    • ‘It is noteworthy that the communication observed in engaged couples does not correlate with their reported relationship satisfaction at the time.’
    • ‘We used these data to determine how the average protein connectivity correlates with the estimated time of origin.’
    • ‘Two such properties appear to correlate with the effects of the ions.’
    • ‘This response does not correlate with the previous experiment, in which the effect was seen only at the 14-17 days time point.’
    • ‘Two quantities are considered correlated when they are affected by a common quantity.’
    • ‘The problem is that water prices do not correlate with relative water scarcity.’
    • ‘Specifically, annual precipitation directly correlates with soil moisture, which affects plant growth and, consequently, the food of woodrats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If blood parasites have a detrimental effect on their hosts, heavy parasite infections will correlate with low host reproductive success.’
    • ‘This will indicate whether effective bond elasticity correlates with the efficiency of synapse formation, as predicted here.’
    • ‘For example, as universal as preferential exclusion may be for stabilizers, it does not always correlate with effects on protein function.’
    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. 1.1with object Establish a mutual relationship or connection between.
      ‘we should correlate general trends in public opinion with trends in the content of television news’
      • ‘A business analyst might correlate information on orders with cost of goods sold in order to understand profit contribution.’
      • ‘Kenneth has been very useful as we were getting to grips with content information and correlating information from the medical team.’
      • ‘By correlating information it would be possible to identifying anyone who is attempting to prize open the doors of a variety of Internet addresses.’
      • ‘Concurrent validity would be established by correlating the scores of participants with their scores on each of the other three tests.’
      • ‘Members used the forms to report information about issues and correlate it to the appropriate principle of aseptic technique.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘I wish someone in the media would start correlating all these statistics and using them effectively to counteract all the lies.’
      • ‘By correlating these measures with established markers of intelligence, researchers postulate theoretical models underlying these information-processing constructs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The length of time in a mentoring relationship was positively correlated with success.’
      • ‘They then use weather rules, such as the following, to correlate these features and establish prediction patterns.’
      • ‘Instructor-generated questions are provided to guide the students in interpreting and correlating the information throughout the process.’
      • ‘Such information may turn out to be useful for correlating protein expression levels with diseases or other conditions, such as reactions to drugs.’
      • ‘Someone has to correlate information from a variety of sensors, and figure out what's a false alarm and what's real.’
      • ‘The data from imaging studies should then be correlated with the clinical information.’
      • ‘His purpose in these and other investigations was to gather and correlate information that would be useful in improving aircraft safety.’
      • ‘Information from one port simply cannot be correlated with other ports or other shipments.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • ‘Familiarity was a correlate of relatedness, as is true in nature.’
    • ‘Instead, the correlates and outcomes of peer rejection were assessed without controlling for aggression.’
    • ‘So the gene does have some effect on ability to articulate speech, but has other correlates as well, including significant intelligence deficit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This research strategy allows for much more accurate descriptions of behavioral correlates of neuropsychological tests and their related measures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further research is warranted to clarify the role of pulmonary mechanics as correlates of weaning outcomes in patients with and without pulmonary disease.’
    • ‘In recent years, peer relations researchers have moved beyond examination of the correlates and consequences of rejection.’
    • ‘The meaningfulness of this distinction awaits validation by external correlates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our results suggest that ecological correlates of paternity may be revealed only after testing for interactions in multivariate analyses.’
    • ‘Logistic regression was used to determine the association of outcomes with individual correlates and of interaction terms with ethnicity.’
    • ‘In time, we were informed, similar bodily correlates would be found for all emotional states.’
    • ‘The book examines each strength - its meaning, measurement, causes, correlates and consequences - in a separate chapter by a prominent psychologist studying that area.’
    • ‘What are the affective and socialpsychological consequences or correlates of perceiving prejudice and discrimination aimed at oneself and one's group?’
    • ‘Forty clinical correlates relating to symptoms, signs, and investigations are entered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most major problems facing our nation involve psychological causes, correlates or consequences.’
    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.