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 This coincides with time-spreads — which measure the difference between oil-futures prices for different dates — indicating conditions have tightened in the oil market over the past couple of months. Washington Post, "Oil Seems Remarkably Relaxed as Global Tensions Rise," 18 Sep. 2019 That coincides with an increase in shots per game: team’s averaged at least 31 shots per game during the last two seasons, the highest averages in over 30 years. Dan Falkenheim,, "Most Intriguing Storylines Heading Into 2019–20 NHL Season," 15 Sep. 2019 The timing coincides with the annual shut-down of South Florida’s playgrounds at the end of summer, as Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade parks gear up for off-season maintenance and repairs. Phillip Valys,, "Water barks: South Florida water parks are going to the dogs," 10 Sep. 2019 But this new style coincides with a new chapter in Tesfaye's career: becoming a movie star. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Looks Straight Out of the '70s with His New Look," 10 Sep. 2019 Back-to-school season coincides nicely with the beginning of football season (not that Wisconsinites need actual games to show Packer pride). Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skip the PB&J and pack a Wisconsin school lunch inspired by tailgating, Kwik Trip and the State Fair," 10 Sep. 2019 The event nearly coincides with apogee—that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "A Rare Harvest Moon Is Happening on Friday the 13th, and We’re Spooked," 6 Sep. 2019 The opening of the concept store coincides with the company’s overall re-branding. Los Angeles Times, "Target looks to win big with 300 limited-edition designer goods," 6 Sep. 2019 The worrying fall coincides with the growth in the anti-vaxxer movement, with some parents expressing skepticism about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Vets fear anti-vax pet owners are putting their animals' health at risk," 5 Sep. 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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2 Nov 2019

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The first known use of coincide was in 1719

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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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