co·​or·​di·​na·​tion (ˌ)kō-ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coordination (audio)
: the process of organizing people or groups so that they work together properly and well
: the harmonious functioning of parts for effective results
The game requires excellent hand-eye coordination.

Example Sentences

The new agency will oversee the coordination of the various departments. The manager is in charge of project coordination. There needs to be better coordination between departments. the coordination of our schedules better coordination of the dancers' moves Playing sports improves strength and coordination. The illness causes a loss of coordination. See More
Recent Examples on the Web There had been no coordination of altitudes in briefings before the flight or while the planes were in the air, the NTSB said. Jamie Stengle And Jake Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2022 With all the rhythmic liberties, there was some uncertain coordination that likely will be improved in subsequent performances. Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2022 There probably ought to have been closer coordination between the speaker’s office and the White House. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 30 July 2022 What is needed now is better coordination between different authorities and local governments, said Mr. Wu of Oxford Economics. Rebecca Feng, WSJ, 28 July 2022 The movie will be produced in coordination with Jackson's estate — co-executers John Branca and John McClain are listed as producers — which has repeatedly defended the late singer and songwriter against allegations, the outlet also reported. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 In 2019, Arkansas celebrated the first statewide observance of the National Day of Racial Healing in coordination with Just Communities of Arkansas. Paige Eichkorn, Arkansas Online, 16 Jan. 2023 Abbasi said arrangements for the girls to be taken back home to Karachi have been made in coordination with police in Lahore. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 The news partners work in coordination with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and an educational partner, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Taima Kern, Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Late Latin coordination-, coordinatio, from Latin co- + ordination-, ordinatio arrangement, from ordinare to arrange — more at ordain

First Known Use

circa 1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coordination was circa 1643

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Cite this Entry

“Coordination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


co·​or·​di·​na·​tion (ˌ)kō-ˌȯrd-ᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce coordination (audio)
: the act of coordinating
: smooth working together (as of parts)
good muscular coordination

Medical Definition


co·​or·​di·​na·​tion (ˌ)kō-ˌȯrd-ᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce coordination (audio)
: the act or action of coordinating
: the harmonious functioning of parts (as muscle and nerves) for most effective results

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