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


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


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)

Other Words from coordinate


coordinately adverb
coordinateness noun


coordinative \ kō-​ˈȯrd-​nə-​tiv How to pronounce coordinate (audio) ; -​ˈȯr-​də-​nə-​tiv , -​də-​ˌnā-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for coordinate

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Cedarburg City Administrator Mikko Hilvo said his Ozaukee County community has been hearing from citizens about the city's coordinate address system, too. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2022 Doyle, who formerly served as the coordinate mayor of Cork County, Ireland, was due to visit for 2020's parade before its last-minute cancellation. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 Today, almost 40% of the addresses in Waukesha County are coordinate addresses, said Jim Landwehr, land information systems supervisor in Waukesha County's Parks & Land Use Department. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2022 But as there’s no evidence that humans can actually influence a random coordinate generator with their intentions, a proportion of Randonautica users will continue to be disappointed. Amelia Tait, Wired, 13 Nov. 2021 Several impact moments from one another, indicating a coordinate attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 The district also removed some math topics that would be covered in a typical year, such as identifying symmetry and geometric patterns from the fourth grade standards, and work with coordinate planes in the fifth grade. al, 25 Aug. 2021 Around any point in the coordinate plane there are infinitely many rational points close by. Quanta Magazine, 22 July 2021 Given game or practice footage, Slants co-founder and Maryland native Omar Ajmeri explained in an interview, Slant’s technology can identify players and derive coordinate positions on the field. Jonas Shaffer,, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The county will need to coordinate at the state and federal level; as well as, workforce development and training. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Color is up to the homeowner, but Clarke does have some suggestions on how to coordinate the color scheme for your home's exterior. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 Just last summer, Russia held war games that the Ministry of Defense said showed its ability to coordinate a deployment of 200,000 men from different branches of the military in a mock effort to combat NATO. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Following the Christchurch attack in 2019, the group committed to prevent the livestreaming of attacks on their platforms and to coordinate to address violent and extremist content. Clare Duffy And Donie O'sullivan, CNN, 16 May 2022 Marvin had to take matters into his own hands and do all of that stuff — blackmail Cooper, kill his friends, and coordinate what seemed to be the return of Mr. Kaplan. Laura Sirikul,, 14 May 2022 This is not the first time the city has tried to coordinate facilities planning between City Hall and BPS to jump-start school construction. Globe Staff,, 12 May 2022 Wednesday’s court filing described how Oath Keepers members allegedly used the messaging app Signal to coordinate an effort to obstruct the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Brian House was set up to serve as the group home operator, and Adult Vocational Programs, or AVP, was used to coordinate day programs, which allow individuals to gain employment in their communities and learn job skills. Andrew Brown, Hartford Courant, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Invent a coordinate system where the ship’s bow—the single most important reference point in this Seussian landscape—serves as the axis around which everything else is oriented. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 Java 15-18 ECDSA doesn’t sanity check that the random x coordinate and signature proof are nonzero; a (0,0) signature validates any message. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 There's also a GPS coordinate that forecasters watch closely with nor'easters called the benchmark. Judson Jones, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 In the paper, Sneppen says that photons orbiting above a certain radial coordinate circle the black hole outwards to infinity. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 Jan. 2022 Defensive tackles coach Ricky Logo, assistant head coach and cornerback coach John Richardson, co-offensive coordinate and quarterbacks coach Craig Stutzmann and offensive line coach Mark Weber were also fired, CBS Sports report. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 19 Oct. 2021 Most ships are 200 yards to 400 yards long, and the Marine Exchange, which stays in touch with the captain during anchoring operations, gives ships a 100-yard leeway in hitting their coordinate. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 And social media users, from every conceivable coordinate on the political spectrum, seek to cast inconvenient news as a psyop. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2021 Inherent in the vector space approach is the idea that our coordinate system is based on straight lines, and the space is flat. Ian Stewart, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of coordinate


1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1665, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


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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1 Apr 2022

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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


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.


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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