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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Release 11-19 also coincides with The Cameo collection which features a jewelry collection that includes Swarovski crystals and a profile of FENTY girl on a ring, a pair of earrings and a pendant which doubles up as a brooch or a hairpin. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Fenty Releases A Soft Drop Just In Time For The Holidays," 12 Nov. 2019 His first term also coincided with a commodities boom that allowed him and other leftist leaders in Latin America to lift millions out of poverty through subsidies and political patronage. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, "Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down," 10 Nov. 2019 The retreat also coincided with the two-year anniversary of the October 2017 North Bay wildfires, most of which the state blamed on PG&E. Those fires caused widespread damage in Sonoma County. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E gas executive involved in ill-timed winery retreat out of job," 15 Oct. 2019 But his first game since January also coincided with the Saints’ best defensive performance of this young season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saints grateful for Rankins’ promising return," 2 Oct. 2019 The powerful hurricane also coincided with a total solar eclipse. Leigh Morgan,, "Want to see a Category 4 hurricane and total solar eclipse at the same time?," 2 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of coincide was in 1719

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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Coincide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce coincide (audio) How to pronounce coincide (audio)

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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