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.

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Even as stock performance synchronized after last year’s U.S. exceptionalism, economic data suggested the U.S. has again jumped out in front. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Three Things to Think About if You Fear a Slowdown," 12 Feb. 2019 The games will synchronize across iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and Apple TVs, and will work offline, the company said Monday during a presentation at its Cupertino headquarters. Mark Gurman, The Seattle Times, "Apple debuts Apple Arcade gaming subscription service," 25 Mar. 2019 Running April 19 through 22, the colossal production features an ensemble cast, choreography and live music that will be synchronized with choral performances. Sara Cardine,, "LCHS presentation of ‘Les Misérables’ an epic send-off for stage and voice talents," 12 Apr. 2018 The two-time Super Bowl MVP partners with teammate Odell Beckham Jr. to synchronize touchdown celebrations in advance of a new NFL season. Karl Bullock,, "Here Are the Five Funniest Commercials that Aired During Super Bowl Sunday," 5 Feb. 2018 Google would later use this method to synchronize computers based on GPS data and atomic clocks to make sure that their database system could correctly order transactions. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018 Some patterns synchronize with and reinforce each other. Gabriel Winant, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement," 23 May 2018 The tape also controlled the lighting and music through audio impulses, synchronizing the performances and effects with the soundtrack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 By synchronizing the detectors, the different channels can be separated. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 2018

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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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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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