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

Adelaide, 28, is new to the Hallmark family, and her inaugural role is a party planner who has to coordinate the biggest New Year's Eve event of her career on short notice. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Adelaide Kane: The Australian Star of Hallmark's 'A Midnight Kiss'," 29 Dec. 2018 The family of late president George H. W. Bush has worked with the Department of Defense to coordinate several days of memorial services this week. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch George H.W. Bush's Funeral Services," 6 Dec. 2018 Food banks and other support is coordinated by local organizations and individuals, said Lt. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Coast Guard Presses for End to Shutdown as Missed Paychecks Stress Finances," 23 Jan. 2019 The trove has a colorful history, having been obtained in a hotel-room raid on a visiting businessman that may or may not have been coordinated by a crusading anti-Facebook journalist, who has stubbornly refused to comment on the matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 The rally is coordinated by Voices4 and Lambda Legal, which works to defend the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people through litigation and public policy work. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018 For the sunny summer wedding, Meghan wore a navy Club Monaco dress and a matching fascinator, while her husband coordinated by pairing a royal blue vest and light blue tie with his traditional morning coat and gray striped trousers. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Sent Thank-You Notes to All Who Wished Her a Happy Birthday," 11 Sep. 2018 Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar, Indianapolis Star Attorney General Curtis Hill responded Thursday to a third woman who publicly came forward with accusations that Hill inappropriately touched her, saying that her story appears to be coordinated by others. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Attorney General Curtis Hill responds to groping allegation from Republican staffer," 12 July 2018 Many of those women — and men — are now deployed to vouch for Judge Kavanaugh in a campaign coordinated by CRC Public Relations, a Washington firm whose conservative clients include the Federalist Society, according to its website. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Judge Kavanaugh’s Former Clerks: Diverse, and Deployed to Vouch for Him," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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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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