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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its position at any point in time can be described by two coordinate points equivalent to its longitude and latitude. Quanta Magazine, "A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations," 9 Feb. 2017 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 Many states and counties typically have task forces to allow election officials to coordinate with local governments and law enforcement, and that process is underway. Matt Vasilogambros And Carrie Levine, USA TODAY, "'We'll protect their right to vote': How election officials are preparing for voter intimidation tactics," 17 Oct. 2020 The Justice Department official said the department gave the White House advance notice of the charges but didn’t coordinate the announcement with the debate. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Barr’s Justice Department Touts Fighting Gun Violence as Election Approaches," 14 Oct. 2020 Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake criticized the event, saying that the organizers did not coordinate with the police department in advance. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Nashville officials investigating a religious concert that lacked a permit and drew thousands without masks," 13 Oct. 2020 In at least two states, Colorado and Arizona, election rules require county clerks to coordinate with their sheriff's office to facilitate voting for people in jail. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Voting in jail: Advocates work to make sure people in Michigan can cast a ballot," 8 Oct. 2020 The 530-bed facility will not accept walk-in patients, but instead will coordinate with hospitals to admit patients who need care but are not seriously ill and in need of hospital level care, officials said. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin to open field hospital at State Fair Park on Oct. 14 as surge in coronavirus patients continues in Fox Valley, Green Bay," 7 Oct. 2020 More than 70 professional organizers will staff the environmental groups’ effort and coordinate directly with individual campaigns. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions: Fossil-heavy states try to get ahead of Biden and SCOTUS with power plant carbon plans," 5 Oct. 2020 The group not only has to solicit and organize fundraising, but also coordinate with farms and restaurants to procure food and make meals. oregonlive, "Rogue Food Unites nurtures souls, refuels economy destroyed by Southern Oregon’s deadly wildfires," 1 Oct. 2020 Fernández said there ought to be more deputies patrolling areas in neighborhoods surrounding schools that could coordinate with school resource officers stationed on campus. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Former Osceola deputies seek to reform agency as 1st Latino sheriff," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The whole setup is basically a giant cartesian coordinate CNC machine. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Toyota’s ceiling-mounted robot is like GLaDOS for your kitchen," 1 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, the pilot apparently became confused and dropped the bomb on a different set of coordinates. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How an F-16 Fighter Jet Accidentally Bombed Japan," 26 Apr. 2020 After chasing the coordinates of the planet all movie, Rey simply gets them handed to her by Luke Skywalker’s ghost. Washington Post, "‘Rise of Skywalker’ embraces all the worst parts of video game storytelling," 20 Dec. 2019 Each chapter begins with the coordinates and physical description of a particular lighthouse. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 27 Apr. 2020 Anyway, inside the envelope is a map with the coordinates of where Big John thought the boat was. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "Outer Banks Season 1 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-10," 16 Apr. 2020 App developers use this to recognize movements like taps and multi-finger gestures and gather information about them, like their coordinates on the screen in two and three dimensional space. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Google Removes Adware-Laced Kids' Apps From Play Store," 24 Mar. 2020 In geometry, mathematicians understand exactly how to move between coordinate systems. Quanta Magazine, "With Category Theory, Mathematics Escapes From Equality," 10 Oct. 2019 Our heroes need to [deep breath] find a green glowing rock on one planet, and the location of that rock is etched onto a special dagger on another planet, but the coordinates are written in a language that can only be translated on another planet. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 18 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for coordinate

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The first known use of coordinate was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Coordinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coordinate. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for coordinate

coordinate

verb
How to pronounce coordinate (audio)

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
How to pronounce coordinate (audio)

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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