coordinate

adjective
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce coordinate (audio) ; -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 How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce coordinate (audio) ; -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 How to pronounce coordinative (audio) ; -​ˈȯr-​də-​nə-​tiv , -​də-​ˌnā-​ \ adjective
coordinator \ kō-​ˈȯr-​də-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce coordinator (audio) \ 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

At last year's Commonwealth Day celebration, the Cambridges and Sussexes entered Westminster Abbey together, with Meghan and Kate coordinating in white and navy outfits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Greet Each Other with a Hug at Westminster Abbey," 11 Mar. 2019 Notable Thrones players in attendance included Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who wore coordinating outfits. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Pulled Off the First Happy Game of Thrones Wedding," 23 June 2018 While the duo is keeping silent on their relationship status, they were photographed holding hands leaving Cipriani’s on Thursday wearing coordinating black outfits. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Hold Hands Despite Keeping Their Relationship Status Under Wraps," 21 June 2018 An immense amount of energy went into coordinating the outfits for my a cappella group. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "When the ‘Mean Girls’ Were Teen Girls," 4 June 2018 After making his decision Tuesday afternoon, Moreno ordered his top aides to coordinate with Britain’s ambassador to Ecuador, Katherine Ward, to carry out a raid within 36 hours. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 At the top will be an Air Force Chief Technology Officer, who will provide a strong voice within Air Force Headquarters and prioritize and coordinate science and technology across the service. Heather Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Op-Ed: USAF Secretary on the Future of Science and Tech in the Air Force," 18 Apr. 2019 Kristen looked every inch the bride-to-be in a white Johanna Ortiz swimsuit, Chanel sandals and a Jacquemus hat, with Zack coordinated in Solid & Striped trunks. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Leave it to Gigi to put her own spin on the look with gold hoops and coordinating blue snakeskin stilettos, elevating the look from fashionably casual to superhero chic faster than Clark Kent turns into Superman. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wears Powder Blue Jumpsuit and Matching Cape at Variety's Power of Women Event," 6 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using longitude and latitude coordinates, fast boats would meet the submarines in open water and then bring the drugs to the coast, where they would be loaded onto cars and moved into safehouses. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "‘El Chapo’ Jury Told of Cartel’s Tricks, From Submarines to Laundry Carts," 3 Jan. 2019 Pair it with silk coordinates in a similar print for an interesting contrast in textures. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 To ensure the tunnel would end right underneath Mr. Guzmán’s prison cell, Mr. López testified, cartel members purchased a GPS watch that needed to be placed inside the prison to give exact coordinates. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Wife of ‘El Chapo’ Coordinated His 2015 Prison Escape, Witness Says," 23 Jan. 2019 With Saru saved and the ship restored, Pike and Burnham set new coordinates for Spock's shuttle. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 In a desperate bid to salvage what remains, last year UNESCO issued coordinates of at least 50 prominent historical and holy locations in Yemen to the various militaries involved in the battle. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won't survive Yemen war," 9 Aug. 2018 The second major flaw is that although both coordinates of the public keys are sent during the second phase of the pairing, the protocol authenticates only the x-coordinate. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Decade-old Bluetooth flaw lets hackers steal data passing between devices," 26 July 2018 The vague coordinates of the play’s origins were also learned: at a bar, off the coast of Cambodia. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Meet the mastermind behind Mike Leach’s quirky ‘Big Gulp Left’ play that sprung James Williams’ TD," 23 Oct. 2018 The result — 6,000 misplaced voters — is an estimate because the addresses counted include only those where the most precise map coordinates were readily available. Kim Soffen, Washington Post, "Thousands of Virginians may have voted in the wrong state House districts," 9 Jan. 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, Verb, and Noun

probably back-formation from coordination

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The first known use of coordinate was in 1641

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More Definitions for coordinate

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)

technical : one of a set of numbers that is used to locate a point on a map, graph, etc.
: articles of clothing that are made to be worn together

coordinate

noun
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯr-də-nət How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
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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