coincide

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

Definition of coincide

coincided

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coinciding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to occupy the same place in space or time The base of the triangle coincides with one side of the square. The heroic age of bridge construction coincided with the expansion of the railroads … — Mario Salvadorib :  to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series 100° Celsius coincides with 212° Fahrenheit.

  3. 2 :  to correspond in nature, character, or function “ … our sentiments coincided in every particular … ” — Jane Austen

  4. 3 :  to be in accord or agreement :  concur She coincided with his views on most subjects.

Examples of coincide in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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.

COINCIDE Defined for English Language Learners

coincide

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

Definition of coincide for English Language Learners

  • : to happen at the same time as something else

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


COINCIDE Defined for Kids

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verb co·in·cide \ˌkō-ən-ˈsīd\

Definition of coincide for Students

coincided

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coinciding

  1. 1 :  to happen at the same time The band's performance is scheduled to coincide with the fireworks.

  2. 2 :  to agree exactly Their goals coincided.

  3. 3 :  to occupy the same space The edges of the wallpaper must coincide.



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