adjective co·or·di·nate \kō-ˈrd-nət; -ˈr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt\

Definition of COORDINATE

a :  equal in rank, quality, or significance
b :  being of equal rank in a sentence <coordinate clauses>
:  relating to or marked by coordination
a :  being a university that awards degrees to men and women taught usually by the same faculty but attending separate classes often on separate campuses
b :  being one of the colleges and especially the women's branch of a coordinate university
:  of, relating to, or being a system of indexing by two or more terms so that documents may be retrieved through the intersection of index terms
co·or·di·nate·ly adverb
co·or·di·nate·ness noun


probably back-formation from coordination
First Known Use: 1641

Rhymes with COORDINATE

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verb co·or·di·nate \kō-ˈr-də-ˌnāt\

: to make arrangements so that two or more people or groups of people can work together properly and well

: to act or work together properly and well

: to cause (two or more things) to be the same or to go together well : to cause (two or more things) to not conflict with or contradict each other


Full Definition of COORDINATE

transitive verb
:  to put in the same order or rank
:  to bring into a common action, movement, or condition :  harmonize <coordinate schedules>
:  to attach so as to form a coordination complex
intransitive verb
:  to be or become coordinate especially so as to act or work together well
:  to combine by means of a coordinate bond
co·or·di·na·tive \kō-ˈrd-nə-tiv; -ˈr-də-nə-tiv, -də-ˌnā-\ adjective
co·or·di·na·tor \-ˈr-də-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of COORDINATE

  1. She'll be coordinating the relief effort.
  2. You'll have to coordinate with the sales department.
  3. National and international relief efforts must coordinate if the operation is to be successful.
  4. We need to coordinate our schedules.
  5. Dancers need to coordinate their moves.
  6. Since his illness, he has had trouble coordinating his arms and legs.

First Known Use of COORDINATE



noun co·or·di·nate \same as 1\

: one of a set of numbers that is used to locate a point on a map, graph, etc.

coordinates : articles of clothing that are made to be worn together

Full Definition of COORDINATE

a :  any of a set of numbers used in specifying the location of a point on a line, on a surface, or in space
b :  any one of a set of variables used in specifying the state of a substance or the motion of a particle or momentum
:  one who is of equal rank, authority, or importance with another
plural :  articles (as of clothing) designed to be used together and to attain their effect through pleasing contrast (as of color, material, or texture)

Examples of COORDINATE

  1. We calculated its exact coordinates.
  2. <the Nobel Memorial Award for Economic Science is universally regarded as the coordinate of the original Nobel Prizes for peace, literature, medicine, physics, and chemistry>

First Known Use of COORDINATE


Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


verb co·or·di·nate \kō-ˈrd-ən-ˌāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COORDINATE

transitive verb
:  to bring into a common action, movement, or condition <coordinate muscular movements>
intransitive verb
:  to function together in a concerted way


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