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

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

Intended to be an annual event starting this year, the PorchFest is coordinated by the Natick Center Cultural District and the town, with sponsorship from Avenu at Natick, a new active senior apartment complex in town. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Natick Center to hold its first PorchFest," 3 Sep. 2019 The drive was coordinated by Gloria Ascher, an agent in the Saratoga office, and Carol Burnett, vice president/managing broker. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Compass agents donate backpacks, supplies and funds for local children," 3 Sep. 2019 Today security analysts widely believe that the attacks were condoned by the Kremlin, if not actively coordinated by its leaders. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 The treatment trial, which began in November last year, is being carried out by an international research group coordinated by the World Health Organization. NBC News, "Two experimental Ebola treatments being tested in Congo show promise," 12 Aug. 2019 Some are group numbers, including multiple members of the company together, coordinated by Executive Director Laura Wonsala. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Local theatre company bringing ‘Broadway Revue’ to the stage," 8 Aug. 2019 The operation took place across northern Italy, with the raids coordinated by authorities in Milan, Varese, Pavia, Novara and Forli as well as Turin. SI.com, "Police Raids of Neo-Nazi Juve Ultras Uncover Stash of Weapons Including Missiles," 15 July 2019 The effort, coordinated by Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), identified nearly 600 suspects and spurred arrests around the world. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Most widespread wildlife crime raid ever sweeps across more than 100 countries," 10 July 2019 Thursday’s event is being coordinated by Ory Rinat, chief digital officer at the White House, people familiar with the matter said. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Big Tech Is a Likely Target at White House Social-Media Summit," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So for our sheep, each can be described with two inputs: an x and a y coordinate to specify its position in the field. Quanta Magazine, "Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks," 31 Jan. 2019 Come Wednesday night, the treasure hunt wizards will release the coordinates of each bill. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Wednesday, $100 Bills Will Be Hidden All Around Louisville," 22 July 2019 He was supposed to report the coordinates and time of the landing to Mission Control in Houston for its records. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A front row seat to historic splashdown," 21 July 2019 Travis Bruffy, an offensive lineman for Texas Tech, wore a simple plated bracelet with the coordinates for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Lynda Gonzalez, Dallas News, "Off the field, these athletes flaunt a strong accessory game," 20 July 2019 The coordinates were near the Michipicoten’s planned route, and the vessel turned to intercept the lost rider. Adelie Bergstrom, Twin Cities, "Man rescued after he attempted to ride Jet Ski to Isle Royale," 16 July 2019 The coordinates of the drone’s flight path and location make clear the aircraft at no point entered Iranian airspace. Fox News, "UN Security Council condemns attacks on oil tankers, but not Iran," 25 June 2019 As an Army forward observer, Lieutenant Robinson’s job was to work his way up close to enemy positions and radio in coordinates for artillery strikes. New York Times, "Their Fathers Never Spoke of the War. Their Children Want to Know Why.," 5 June 2019 Having more dimensions means more coordinates for each data point, which means more complicated distance calculations. Quanta Magazine, "How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies," 22 May 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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