co·​in·​cide | \ ˌkō-ən-ˈsīd How to pronounce coincide (audio) , ˈkō-ən-ˌsīd How to pronounce coincide (audio) \
coincided; coinciding

Definition of coincide

intransitive verb

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 Salvadori
b : to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series 100° Celsius coincides with 212° Fahrenheit.
2 : to correspond in nature, character, or function " … our sentiments coincided in every particular … "— Jane Austen
3 : to be in accord or agreement : concur She coincided with his views on most subjects.

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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

Examples of coincide in a Sentence

The goals of the business partners coincide. the heaviest snowfall of the season coincided with the start of our weeklong ski vacation
Recent Examples on the Web Take the visualization platform This Climate Does Not Exist, timed to coincide with the COP26 report. Wai Chee Dimock, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2022 Candidates have aggressively ramped up their spending in recent weeks, timed to coincide with ballots arriving to residents’ at their homes. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 My conversation with Rushforth was timed to coincide with Bird’s arrival in the UK, which in itself shows how the market is maturing. James Morris, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Friday’s attack appeared timed to coincide with the opening of the Formula One event, which is scheduled to run through Sunday. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Multiple users pointed out that most of those changes were made in a single night, while the RAMS HOUSE makeover took more than two days, timed to coincide with the Rams’ Super Bowl parade Wednesday. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The release of Young Whitney is timed to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Houston’s death on Feb. 11, 2012. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 To coincide with the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, Gibson has re-released two guitars that any Elvis fan will instantly recognize. Joshua Kanter, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2022 Spanish car designer Ángel Guerra released concept images to coincide with the car’s 40th anniversary last year. Kyle Schnitzer, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coincide

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coincide

borrowed from Medieval Latin coincidere "to be identical in substance, agree in position," from Latin co- co- + incidere "to fall or drop (into), come by chance, chance to happen" — more at incident entry 1

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6 May 2022

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“Coincide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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co·​in·​cide | \ ˌkō-ən-ˈsīd How to pronounce coincide (audio) \
coincided; coinciding

Kids Definition of coincide

1 : to happen at the same time The band's performance is scheduled to coincide with the fireworks.
2 : to agree exactly Their goals coincided.
3 : to occupy the same space The edges of the wallpaper must coincide.

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