co·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coordination (audio) \

Definition of coordination

1 : the process of organizing people or groups so that they work together properly and well
2 : the harmonious functioning of parts for effective results The game requires excellent hand-eye coordination.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for coordination


collaboration, cooperation, teamwork



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Examples of coordination in a Sentence

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.
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On Friday, April 13, President Trump announced that the United States had launched air strikes on Syria, in coordination with France and the U.K., CNN reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Trump Responds to the Air Strikes on Syria, Tweets "Mission Accomplished"," 14 Apr. 2018 With just a bit of pressure, in coordination with European governments, building on Easter European public frustration, the U.S. might set in motion a promising response to the anti-democracy wave in Europe. Melissa Hooper, The New Republic, "A Humble Proposal to Sanction Some Hungarian Kleptocrats," 4 Apr. 2018 The staffing firm recommends companies narrow hiring criteria to the most crucial attributes, staying in touch with candidates with updates, and improve coordination of the interview process to trim time. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Tight Labor Market Calls For Speedier Hiring Process," 8 Feb. 2019 Analysts say the turnout and coordination of protests is now emboldening ordinary Vietnamese, but also complicating the party's difficult balancing act of tolerating some dissent while keeping it under control. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 The move is aimed at better efficiency and cohesion and improved coordination of advocacy for credit unions, the League said. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Credit Union League leaving Pewaukee, consolidating offices in Madison," 22 May 2018 The coordination, communication and spirit of cooperation between law enforcement agencies has been nothing short of exceptional. Emily Sweeney,, "Suspect in Chelsea waitress attack arrested in Maryland," 10 May 2018 The event was organized by Matt Ciesielczyc, an animal control officer with the City of Elgin, who took over the coordination of the event in 2016. Jeanie Mayer, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Pet Expo draws four-legged residents (and their owners) for low-cost vaccines and more," 14 Apr. 2018 Inhalants can cause a person to slur their speech and lose coordination of their body. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of coordination

circa 1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coordination

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

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The first known use of coordination was circa 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of coordination

: the process of organizing people or groups so that they work together properly and well
: the process of causing things to be the same or to go together well
: the ability to move different parts of your body together well or easily


co·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ kō-ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce coordination (audio) \

Kids Definition of coordination

: smooth working together (as of parts) good muscular coordination


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Medical Definition of coordination

1 : the act or action of coordinating
2 : the harmonious functioning of parts (as muscle and nerves) for most effective results

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