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

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The shower will actually peak with the most number of meteors during the early morning hours of August 11, 12 and 13 -- which coincides with a bright moon that may outshine the Perseids. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Look up for the Perseid meteor shower before it peaks during the full moon," 29 July 2019 About 2,400 people who weren’t authorized to be at Columbine stopped by the school in the most recent school year, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the shootings, Glass said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Columbine High School won’t be torn down and rebuilt, Jeffco superintendent announces," 24 July 2019 Preckwinkle’s scolding letter to Lightfoot came just days ahead of what’s expected to be one of the hottest weekends of the year, which in Chicago often has coincided with an uptick in gun violence. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Home of Madigan confidant raided, plus Lightfoot tries to slam door on Preckwinkle criticism, keeps open mind about downtown Chicago casino," 19 July 2019 Chastain was on hand for the unveiling Wednesday, the 20th anniversary of the historic win, which coincided with celebrations in New York for this year’s World Cup champion team. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 This year’s Pride month, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, felt like one of the biggest so far -- and the stats confirm it. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "6 Steps to Supporting the LGBTQ Community as an Ally After Pride Month," 10 July 2019 Arthur Gilkison, executive assistant of Denver Parks and Recreation, said the city’s 16 outdoor pools are open from early June to mid-August, which typically coincides with the end and beginning of Denver public schools’ year. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "30 public pools around Denver where you can make a splash," 30 June 2019 Myers completed his seventh season as the Warriors’ general manager, which coincided with the Warriors winning three NBA championships in the past five years. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors reach multi-year extensions for Bob Myers, Rick Welts," 28 June 2019 The agency paid $33,638 for unspecified charges over two days in June, which coincided with Trump's first re-election campaign fundraiser. NBC News, "Trump hotel in Washington charged Secret Service $200,000 in president's first year," 27 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coincide

: to happen at the same time as something else
: to agree with something exactly : to be the same as something else


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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