coordinate

adjective
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯrd-nət; -ˈȯr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt\

Definition of coordinate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : equal in rank, quality, or significance keeping the branches of government coordinate

b : being of equal rank in a sentence coordinate clauses

2 : relating to or marked by coordination

3a : being a university that awards degrees to men and women taught usually by the same faculty but attending separate classes often on separate campuses

b : being one of the colleges and especially the women's branch of a coordinate university

4 : of, relating to, or being a system of indexing by two or more terms so that documents may be retrieved through the intersection of index terms

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt \
coordinated; coordinating

Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to put in the same order or rank

2 : to bring into a common action, movement, or condition : harmonize coordinate schedules She'll be coordinating the relief effort.

3 : to attach so as to form a coordination complex

intransitive verb

1 : to be or become equal in rank, quality, or significance especially so as to act or work together well

2 : to combine by means of a coordinate bond

coordinate

noun
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯrd-nət; -ˈȯr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt\

Definition of coordinate (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : any of a set of numbers used in specifying the location of a point on a line, on a surface, or in space latitude and longitude coordinates

b : any one of a set of variables used in specifying the state of a substance or the motion of a particle or momentum

2 : one who is of equal rank, authority, or importance with another

3 coordinates plural : articles (as of clothing) designed to be used together and to attain their effect through pleasing contrast (as of color, material, or texture)

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Other Words from coordinate

Adjective

coordinately adverb
coordinateness noun

Verb

coordinative \kō-​ˈȯrd-​nə-​tiv; -​ˈȯr-​də-​nə-​tiv, -​də-​ˌnā-​ \ adjective
coordinator \kō-​ˈȯr-​də-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for coordinate

Synonyms: Verb

accommodate, attune, conciliate, conform, harmonize, key, reconcile

Synonyms: Noun

coequal, compeer, counterpart, equal, equivalent, fellow, like, match, parallel, peer, rival

Antonyms: Verb

disharmonize

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Examples of coordinate in a Sentence

Verb

She'll be coordinating the relief effort. You'll have to coordinate with the sales department. National and international relief efforts must coordinate if the operation is to be successful. We need to coordinate our schedules. Dancers need to coordinate their moves. Since his illness, he has had trouble coordinating his arms and legs.

Noun

We calculated its exact coordinates. the Nobel Memorial Award for Economic Science is universally regarded as the coordinate of the original Nobel Prizes for peace, literature, medicine, physics, and chemistry
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Judge Alsup, who continues a disturbing recent trend, failed to afford the deference due to a coordinate branch of government in making legal determinations. Josh Blackman, National Review, "A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA," 10 Jan. 2018 In the first day after the quake, few supplies or volunteers reached Jojutla, said one town official helping coordinate emergency supplies. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake," 21 Sep. 2017 Gaul was on McClain’s first staff at UIC as a grad assistant in 2015-16, helping coordinate team travel, video operations and practice schedules. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Illini star Dee Brown officially joins UIC basketball staff," 1 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His partner, Kalani Miller, is nearby with their dog, while his agent coordinates one last interview. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 The transition was coordinated by husband and wife Cory and Jessica Merritt, a Ramona couple who founded The Special Liberty Project in November 2016. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit links veterans to youths who lost military parent," 21 June 2018 Engineering work is being coordinated with the Illinois Tollway and plans for its Central Tri-State project to widen a 22-mile segment of the toll road between 95th Street on the south and Balmoral Avenue on the north. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Justice awarded $13.5 million for Tri-State ramp, Rep. Lipinski says," 15 June 2018 Hibbert coordinates the District VI Explorers Program and Junior Investigators Program, mentors teens and organizes summer camps for youth. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Hibbert receives national Top Cops Award [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 31 May 2018 Much of the group’s activities are coordinated out of Los Angeles, where the city’s sustainability office organizes and directs meetings and information sharing between members. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate Mayors: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement," 30 May 2018 Everything was coordinated between the Defense Force, National Intelligence and Foreign Affairs. Chika Oduah, The Root, "‘Decolonize the Mind’: Black South Africans Are Figuring Out How to Heal From the Mental Damage of Apartheid," 19 May 2018 Banks are working with technology vendors and other partners to coordinate their efforts across state lines. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Banks Have a Solution for Their Identity-Fraud Woes: The DMV," 12 Nov. 2018 An opposition party spokesman in the Maldives says police obtained a warrant to search the main campaign office of the party's presidential candidate's based on police intelligence that the office was being used to coordinate vote-buying. Fox News, "The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case," 22 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How does a 24-year-old coordinate music for a visitation and choose lining for a casket? Anne Roderique-jones, Marie Claire, "I Used to Hate Exercise—Until It Was the Only Thing That Got Me Through My Dad's Death," 18 May 2016 Ridenhour’s letter included details that made the allegations credible and worthy of investigation, including map coordinates of My Lai, witness names and the identities of the perpetrators, according to a congressional probe. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "‘It was insanity’: At My Lai, U.S. soldiers slaughtered hundreds of Vietnamese women and kids," 16 Mar. 2018 That means that while scientists can now use remote sensing to gather precise images and coordinates, that record is much shorter and often lacks the same specificity as ground-level measurements. Gloria Dickie, WIRED, "Humans Tracked Iceland's Glaciers For Ages. Now, Tech Does," 5 June 2018 Exact locations can be found on Google maps with the coordinates: 38.958578, -84.828967. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Ferry christened: Casino tries Lady Luck to boost business," 12 July 2018 The Navy forwarded a touching letter with coordinates of the ship at the time of burial, details that my father would’ve appreciated. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The government agreed, and our husbands started gathering information and recording Chapo and getting his coordinates and passing everything along to his government contacts. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Two Hours in an Undisclosed Location With the Cartel Wives Whose Husbands Helped Bring Down El Chapo," 22 June 2018 Even so, its precise location has remained a secret (although one website has published its purported coordinates). Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 Some had the coordinates of the location of the statue printed beneath them. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Exclusive: Alexandre Plokhov Debuts A New Endeavor Called Nomenklatura Studio," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of coordinate

Adjective

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1665, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coordinate

Adjective

probably back-formation from coordination

Verb

see coordinate entry 1

Noun

see coordinate entry 1

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coordinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coordinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make arrangements so that two or more people or groups of people can work together properly and well

: to act or work together properly and well

: to cause (two or more things) to be the same or to go together well : to cause (two or more things) to not conflict with or contradict each other

coordinate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of a set of numbers that is used to locate a point on a map, graph, etc.

coordinates : articles of clothing that are made to be worn together

coordinate

noun
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯr-də-nət \

Kids Definition of coordinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a set of numbers used to locate a point on a line or surface or in space

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt \
coordinated; coordinating

Kids Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work or cause to work together smoothly She coordinated the field day activities.

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \kō-ˈȯrd-ᵊn-ˌāt \
coordinated; coordinating

Medical Definition of coordinate 

transitive verb

: to bring into a common action, movement, or condition coordinate muscular movements

intransitive verb

: to function together in a concerted way

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