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

The statement added that Joiner was taken into custody Saturday in Lake Wales in central Florida in a coordinate effort with the Lake Wales Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-college teammate of Aaron Hernandez charged with murder in wife’s 2016 death," 10 June 2019 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

Decisions to order evacuations are complex, experts say, based not only on technical information about the impact of an impending storm, but also on the need to coordinate with other communities that might be at risk. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Louisiana braces for heavy rain and winds as Barry encroaches on Gulf Coast," 13 July 2019 In addition to fawning over their fave’s new mane, users posed an important question about the star’s style: Given her tendency to coordinate her outfits with her hair color, will this mean tons of all-green ensembles in Billie’s future? Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Dyed Her Roots Neon Green," 6 July 2019 Recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s rightful leader, Guaidó began coordinating with the U.S., Brazil, and Columbia to provide humanitarian aid for the country’s impoverished citizens. Michael Canyon Meyer, Outside Online, "The Murder of Venezuela's Visionary Adventure Guide," 24 June 2019 Posing together at the start of the night, the Jenner sisters seemed to coordinate their looks, with both wearing bedazzled dresses. Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Night Out Involved Karaoke, Leg Slits, and Blonde Wigs," 23 June 2019 Refinements included adding radiant heat to the floor, installing more contemporary hardware, and choosing new backsplash tile to coordinate with the tile in the pantry. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trees made them fall in love with this house in Milton," 20 June 2019 Social media sites should establish an official body to coordinate with each other and the government about threats, which might require a law lowering the barriers to sharing information. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: How to prevent another Russian attack," 13 June 2019 In other words, the Chinese government intends to coordinate with space-technology corporations, with the goal of bolstering the country’s domestic industry by taking advantage of the newly forming space economy. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon," 13 June 2019 Counting on a glam team that included Sussman, hairstylist Sabrina Rowe, and makeup artist Delina Medhin, Robinson went all in on the glamour and switched up her hair and makeup to coordinate with each look. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Phoebe Robinson’s Epic 2 Dope Queens Season-Two Wardrobe Is Inspiring," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Late yesterday, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) revised its coordinates for the point where the last and largest piece lost its forward motion and started to drop. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 40 years ago Skylab fell to Earth," 12 July 2019 The bills also would raise commercial license fees and would require commercial fishers to provide the state with GPS coordinates for their nets. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan bills could change rules for walleye, trout, perch fishing: What to know," 6 July 2019 Here, the coordinates are like values of latitude and longitude that direct you to a single point on a globe. Quanta Magazine, "How to Use a Sphere to Talk to Mars," 12 Apr. 2017 Conversely, Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif tweeted coordinates for the attack that put it well inside Iranian territory -- near the city of Kouh-e Mobarak. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "What shooting down a $110M US drone tells us about Iran," 25 June 2019 Researchers at Oxford University plot the coordinates from her drawing onto a Cartesian plane (a graph), and run them through an AI neural network, a computing system modelled on the human brain. Suyin Haynes, Time, "This Robot Artist Just Became the First to Stage a Solo Exhibition. What Does That Say About Creativity?," 17 June 2019 The coordinates offered for the incident by the U.K. group put it some 25 miles off the Iranian coastline. NBC News, "Navy aware of new 'reported attack' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman," 13 June 2019 It has not yet been snared in a catalog of designations and coordinates, of metes and bounds. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 The last set of coordinates will be released at 8 p.m. The first person to find the hidden money at the correct locations wins the cash. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "$2,000 will be hidden around Indianapolis today. Here's how you can find it.," 13 June 2019

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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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