syn·​chro·​nize | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz How to pronounce synchronize (audio) , ˈsin- \
synchronized; synchronizing

Definition of synchronize

intransitive verb

: to happen at the same time

transitive verb

1 : to represent or arrange (events) to indicate coincidence or coexistence
2 : to make synchronous in operation
3 : to make (motion-picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action

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Other Words from synchronize

synchronizer noun

Examples of synchronize in a Sentence

The dancers practiced until they synchronized their movements. The sound and picture have to synchronize perfectly.
Recent Examples on the Web Even so, not all platforms synchronize, nor do all types of data, such as clinical documentation or radiological images. Peter Hovstadius, STAT, "Lessons from Nordic countries can accelerate the impact of AI in medicine," 30 Mar. 2021 Adaptive Vsync will synchronize frame rates at 60 or 59.94 Hz server-side to match the refresh rate of the client-side display. Marco Chiappetta, Forbes, "NVIDIA Enhances Quality, Introduces New Membership Tiers To Its GFN Game Streaming Service," 18 Mar. 2021 Bitcoin consists of nearly 10,000 global nodes that are interconnected and mutually synchronize with each other. Philipp Sandner, Forbes, "What Is Bitcoin? The Discovery Of The First “digital Commodity”," 4 Mar. 2021 Some studies posit that the undetectable Zoom audio lag depletes more energy than a typical meeting, causing our brains to work overtime to synchronize the two dissonant elements. Sophia Maltese, cleveland, "Local college students struggle with ‘Zoom fatigue’ as remote semester wraps up," 3 Dec. 2020 Someone needed to coordinate all of the lights and synchronize them to the music and short show, which happens on the square every evening on the hour from 5-9 p.m. That someone was Rohrer, who runs and manages Dither Studio. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: Working at a stand-up desk with a treadmill helps designer coordinate lights display in East Troy," 11 Dec. 2020 Find a game to play over Zoom or FaceTime, or synchronize a Netflix movie between households. Matt Simon, Wired, "What Should You Do About Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19?," 28 Oct. 2020 By demonstrating how fireflies begin to synchronize, their research might inspire communication and coordination methods in swarm robotics technology. Courtney Holden, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Fireflies’ Dramatic Light Show Might Spark Advances in Robot Communication," 27 Oct. 2020 Walmart developed software to synchronize logistics systems for the stores with e-commerce systems and to integrate with the third-party carriers picking up loads from the sites. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Walmart Adding ‘Pop-Up’ Centers for Online Holiday Sales," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of synchronize was circa 1624

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7 Apr 2021

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“Synchronize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of synchronize

: to cause (things) to agree in time or to make (things) happen at the same time and speed
: to happen at the same time and speed

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