coincide

verb
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

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The changes coincide with what political operatives consider a key marker in presidential electoral politics. NBC News, "Sanders shakes up staff as campaign enters new phase," 16 Sep. 2019 These coincide with the start of a weeklong Global Climate Strike campaign. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Hispanic heritage, Israel, Fed, climate strikes, 'DWTS'," 15 Sep. 2019 The state investigations coincide with bipartisan scrutiny of the Silicon Valley giants that is underway in Washington, by House and Senate committees, and by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. Steve Lohr, BostonGlobe.com, "New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act," 7 Sep. 2019 The state inquiries coincide with bipartisan scrutiny of the tech giants in Washington, by House and Senate committees, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act," 6 Sep. 2019 Alex’s secrets coincide with Monty’s, another person Ani and Clay are investigating. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Recap," 24 Aug. 2019 The three months coincide with the school schedule for kids. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "‘We need to increase attendance’: Jeter hoping earlier start times will help Marlins next year," 15 Aug. 2019 The new tensions coincide with the arrival in the region of U.S. naval reinforcements aimed at securing the safety of shipping in the area. Washington Post, "Britain warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ if it doesn’t release British tanker," 20 July 2019 His hot streaks coincide with our team’s hot streaks. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Matt Chapman’s a fiery leader for the Oakland A’s? Who knew?," 17 July 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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coincide

verb

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

coincide

verb
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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