Definition of correspondence in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Roughly, one measures everything with a ruler and compass and sets things up according to strict astrological correspondences.’
    • ‘Rapport seeks to show the correspondences between literature (the English novel, anyway) and anthropology.’
    • ‘Furthermore, their neurological commonalities make the previous psychological correspondences more meaningful.’
    • ‘And it is fun noticing all the odd little correspondences between stories.’
    • ‘Write down the correspondences for all these individual items so you can see interconnectedness between everything.’
    • ‘Some close correspondences can be found between the rhetoric of Robinson and that of Cicero and, to an even greater extent, Quintilian.’
    • ‘Campbell has also proposed that the conceptual correspondences between multiplication and division facts are utilized by adults.’
    • ‘Thus, if there were no adaptive value in maintaining these correspondences, then they could diverge during evolution.’
    • ‘So I wasn't satisfied with just noting a few close correspondences.’
    • ‘I know I couldn't have possibly touched on all references or correspondences and it would be great to know what others think of what I have here, what they might add or dispute.’
    • ‘Today, these parallels are known not to be exact correspondences, but the links between development and evolution remain an area of active research.’
    • ‘Whereas the correspondences between the drawing and the reflected face are not as conclusive, they are not altogether implausible.’
    • ‘But don't look for one on one comparisons: Loki is not the same as Mercury but they do share similar correspondences.’
    • ‘We don't usually divide it into vertical levels, and no particular distinction is made in terms of correspondences depending on depth.’
    • ‘Of course one-to-one correspondences would detract from the richness of the book.’
    • ‘They have no vertical or horizontal correspondences.’
    • ‘In so doing, he relied on the theory of correspondences to explain how gains in the material sphere might parallel those in the celestial.’
    • ‘Metaphorical extension does, however, presuppose the recognition of similarities, or correspondences, between the source and the target domains.’
    • ‘Since the genes are conserved, we can map correspondences between them within a lineage and in comparison with other lineages.’
    • ‘Unique correspondences are identified for eight chromosomes.’
    correlation, similarity, resemblance, comparability, compatibility, agreement, consistency, congruity, conformity, uniformity, harmony, affinity, accordance, accord, concurrence, coincidence
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  • 2mass noun Communication by exchanging letters.

    ‘the organization engaged in detailed correspondence with local MPs’
    • ‘In addition, there has been no correspondence with the various councils concerning uplifting the game's standard.’
    • ‘The two associations were in correspondence with one another and exchanged printed minutes.’
    • ‘We've had correspondence with Natalie and Jamie and I've spoken to them.’
    • ‘In the course of correspondence with an Aussie bloke, I was asked about my experiences in caring for emus.’
    • ‘From conversation and correspondence with party members, a peculiar picture emerges.’
    • ‘Five years ago the federal government determined after correspondence with these people that we had no legal obligation.’
    • ‘This was due to a staff shortage which consequently resulted in delayed correspondence with members of the public.’
    • ‘Paul kept up his weekly correspondence with Kate until her condition made it impossible for her to write back to him.’
    • ‘As to Wales, I was in brief correspondence with a friend today and don't think I can say it better here.’
    • ‘And there is a diversity of opinion among them, and I've been in correspondence with a couple of them.’
    • ‘We would urge people not to take up correspondence with these people.’
    • ‘I resolve to maintain more constant correspondence with my friend Amanda.’
    • ‘These problems have prompted the accounting officer to warn against detailed correspondence with schools in the future.’
    • ‘I am very sorry, but I am unable to indulge in protracted correspondence with you.’
    • ‘I really do not have the time to enter into further correspondence with the RAC over this matter.’
    • ‘Since then they have been in correspondence with the school.’
    • ‘They could suggest only that there would be direct correspondence with the President.’
    • ‘He also reads the Limerick Leader and is in regular correspondence with cousins and neighbours in Ballingrane.’
    • ‘The correspondence with Duchas and your work with the County Council are positive approaches.’
    • ‘Also I have had detailed correspondence with the chief executive of the county council.’
    letter writing, writing, written communication
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    1. 2.1 Letters sent or received.
      ‘his wife dealt with his private correspondence’
      • ‘So I sent back a letter asking for all future correspondence to be sent direct to me.’
      • ‘At the beginning of this year, I received correspondence from my editor in the United States.’
      • ‘Please be certain to provide your manuscript number when sending us correspondence.’
      • ‘His correspondence with Galileo includes at least 112 letters.’
      • ‘Although I received correspondence from the housing office nothing has been done.’
      • ‘Use a postal method that proves that your correspondence was received.’
      • ‘His general practice in such cases was to telephone the firm in question telling them not to send correspondence to him and to destroy it.’
      • ‘File any correspondence sent to you with the Companies Registration Office.’
      • ‘I have received correspondence from the Department that indicates the need for the supplement is acknowledged.’
      • ‘Many of the others had simply disappeared and in many cases correspondence sent to their given addresses had been returned.’
      • ‘May I read a piece of correspondence I recently received?’
      • ‘I did not receive instructions to write that nor would my client have been aware that I had written it as I did not send him copies of correspondence.’
      • ‘But she recently received correspondence telling her she had a half-sister in Australia.’
      • ‘Well I haven't received one piece of correspondence to corroborate that fear.’
      • ‘I sent to your Honour some copies of correspondence that was received and sent overnight.’
      • ‘Make copies of all correspondence you send and keep those records for at least seven years.’
      • ‘I am disappointed that the National Party does not seem to take any notice of correspondence sent to it.’
      • ‘The correspondence was sent back and no copy was kept on the department's file.’
      • ‘When he received that correspondence, it appeared to have been opened.’
      • ‘The bakeries received correspondence late yesterday informing them that they should stop all supplies to schools.’
      mail, post, communication, written communication
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Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondent- ‘corresponding’ (see correspondent).