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coincide

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verb co·in·cide \ˌkō-ən-ˈsīd, ˈkō-ən-ˌ\

Simple Definition of coincide

  • : to happen at the same time as something else

  • : to agree with something exactly : to be the same as something else

Full Definition of coincide

co·in·cid·edco·in·cid·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to occupy the same place in space or time b :  to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series

  3. 2 :  to correspond in nature, character, or function

  4. 3 :  to be in accord or agreement :  concur

Examples of coincide

  1. The goals of the business partners coincide.

  2. <the heaviest snowfall of the season coincided with the start of our weeklong ski vacation>



Origin of coincide

Medieval Latin coincidere, from Latin co- + incidere to fall on, from in- + cadere to fall — more at chance


First Known Use: 1719

Synonym Discussion of coincide

agree, concur, coincide mean to come into or be in harmony regarding a matter of opinion. agree implies complete accord usually attained by discussion and adjustment of differences <on some points we all can agree>. concur often implies approval of someone else's statement or decision <if my wife concurs, it's a deal>. coincide, used more often of opinions, judgments, wishes, or interests than of people, implies total agreement <their wishes coincide exactly with my desire>.


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