Definition of coincide
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.
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.
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
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
COINCIDE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of coincide for Students
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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