co·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən \

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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His board seemed nothing more than an expression of wealth trying to claim the counterculture of skateboarding, but exempting him from the difficult parts—the coordination, the road rash, the sweat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 That set is held in an outside trust so that all candidates, party committees and outside groups can access it without running afoul of the Federal Election Commission prohibitions on coordination. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Fight Over Voter Data Roils Democrats Ahead of Election," 15 Dec. 2018 The entire family looks perfectly color-coordination in the snaps, wearing a range of blue and white shades. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic White Dress in New Portraits for Prince Charles's 70th Birthday," 13 Nov. 2018 And speaking of coordination, don't forget to consider your own ensemble! Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Dressing for Dinner Is All the More Fun with Emilia Wickstead’s New Line of Coordinating Table Linens," 29 July 2018 In addition to a nomination in the coveted best comedy series category, GLOW earned nods for hairstyling, makeup and stunt coordination, as well as giving first-time nominee Gilpin her nod. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Team on Emmy Noms: Female-Led Shows Are "Not a Trend"," 12 July 2018 This unique position is designed to enhance coordination, collaboration and management of the firm’s four Florida offices. Cindy Kent,, "People on the move: Compass Community Center names new executive director," 30 June 2018 One is struck by the intricacy and pinpoint precision of what must be endlessly rehearsed routines and, above all, the consistent level of coordination, teamwork, mutual dependence, and trust required to execute their duties. Don Aucoin,, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 The camp will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. with members of the Deltona High football staff assisting with drill instruction that focuses on speed, agility, coordination, footwork and explosiveness. J.c. Carnahan,, "NFL QB Paxton Lynch hosting free youth football camp Saturday in Deltona," 29 June 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 \

Kids Definition of coordination

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


co·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌȯrd-ᵊn-ˈā-shən \

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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