Definition of correspondence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒrəˈspɒndəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɔːrəˈspɑːndəns//
    , NAmE//ˌkɑːrəˈspɑːndəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] correspondence (with somebody) the letters a person sends and receives personal/private correspondence The editor welcomes correspondence from readers on any subject. the correspondence column/page (= in a newspaper) Jane Austen's correspondence with her sister
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] correspondence (with somebody) the activity of writing letters I refused to enter into any correspondence (= to exchange letters) with him about it. We have been in correspondence for months. We kept up a correspondence for many years.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] correspondence (between A and B) a connection between two things; the fact of two things being similar There is a close correspondence between the two extracts.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondent- ‘corresponding’ from the verb correspondere, from cor- ‘together’ + Latin respondere, from re- ‘again’ + spondere ‘to pledge’.Extra examples He was leafing through piles of correspondence. I did a correspondence course in economics. I have been in correspondence with the manager of the store. I have had correspondence with the company director on this matter. I have seen the correspondence between the company and the college. I would spend the time reading or catching up on my correspondence. It would be foolish for a doctor to enter into correspondence with a patient. Numerous items of correspondence have been received on this subject. Please send correspondence to ‘Letters to the Editor, Model Railway Journal’. Please send correspondence to ‘Money Monthly’. The child can see the one-to-one correspondence of the buttons and buttonholes. The department intercepted the correspondence of foreign diplomats. The secretary deals with all the correspondence. We kept up a correspondence for many months. a close correspondence between theory and practice a lively correspondence in ‘The Times’ about ways of preparing tripe copies of her correspondence with the composer files full of confidential correspondence relating to the company’s expansion plans the correspondence columns of the ‘London Review of Books’ I refused to enter into any correspondence with him about it. the correspondence column/​page
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