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 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 Some worked with Roberts and his own team to coordinate and plan the Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 festival that got people looking forward to the gathering. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "'We Are Breathing a Sigh of Relief.' Here's Why 'Alienstock' As We Know It Will No Longer Be Held Near Area 51," 13 Sep. 2019 In particular, ordinary people have taken full advantage of digital technologies to coordinate their actions and deliberate what to do next. The Economist, "Hong Kong can be a gateway to liberal values for China," 10 Sep. 2019 Mack, in an email to AL.com, said the county has coordinated and increased coverage by Baldwin County law enforcement officials at some upcoming games. al, "Alabama high schools tackle football game security," 5 Sep. 2019 The group is responsible for coordinating and designating the numbering of interstate highways, including bikeways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some Santee streets becoming part of national bike route," 3 Sep. 2019 This is a good time to use your objectivity to coordinate startup projects and handle personnel on the job. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 26, 2019: Cancer, be a sudden ray of sunshine; Aquarius, focus on clear communication," 26 Aug. 2019 Abbott also named a Domestic Terrorism Task Force, a group mostly focused on coordinating and improving law enforcement agencies' attempts to ferret out threats posed by white supremacists and hate groups. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott set to convene first meeting on El Paso shooting," 22 Aug. 2019 The very role of the DNI was created after 9/11 precisely because the government recognized that simply coordinating and understanding all the parts of the black world required its own dedicated staff. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Trump’s Intel Vacancies Put Americans in Danger," 9 Aug. 2019 During Kyle's death, officers could have asked a dispatcher for latitude and longitude coordinates of the call and entered them into the system themselves. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "After 911 calls fail to save 16-year-old Kyle Plush, his parents sue Cincinnati to get answers they were promised, but never got," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a space of millions of points with thousands of coordinates each, computing all the necessary distances can become computationally infeasible. Quanta Magazine, "How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies," 22 May 2019 Teams had to provide the exact coordinates of the items. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 To transfer each bit of information to Alice, Bob can send her the coordinates of a point in the many-dimensional space that is either close to a point in the lattice to denote zero or farther from a lattice point to denote one. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from hackers with quantum computers," 21 Aug. 2019 In his diary, Beale also documented the precise coordinates of each of the party’s campsites along their route. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "The Forgotten History Behind ‘Inland’," 18 Aug. 2019 New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers received the coordinates and responded to Cannon Cliffs. BostonGlobe.com, "A rock climber was airlifted from a ledge on a cliff face after he fell 50 feet and sustained life-threatening injuries, resulting in a harrowing rescue mission Sunday morning in the White Mountains, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 Except, those are the coordinates for the Taj Mahal. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Guys Mapped Out Every 3-Meter Square on Earth with a Unique Three-Word Phrase," 4 Sep. 2019 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

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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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17 Sep 2019

Time Traveler for coordinate

The first known use of coordinate was in 1641

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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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