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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Even before the pandemic, going to Bhutan required a fair bit of coordination. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 There is only one reasonable explanation for that level of coordination: Huawei serves the Chinese Communist Party, and the party helps Huawei. George Calhoun, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Rabies attacks the nervous system of infected mammals, and symptoms can include lethargy, aggressiveness, irritability, convulsions and loss of coordination. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Other symptoms that might manifest include soreness, lethargy, a stiff neck, and a sudden lack of coordination. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 We were done…For me, the lack of coordination was the part that really just doesn't ring true in the way that President Biden has described all of this. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 Infected birds may also experience seizures and lack of coordination in their movement. Christian Robles, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2021 Police extended the crisis teams’ coverage to all hours of the week after a 2018 report from the Council for State Governments found that insufficient staffing, a lack of coordination and a lack of oversight hindered police crisis responses. Taylor Deville,, 8 July 2021 Behind the agency’s rising clout is a desire to fix a lack of coordination between regulators, which has enabled the kind of mixed messages that preceded the blockbuster initial public offering of ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc. last month. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 8 July 2021

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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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coordinating conjunction


coordination complex

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15 Oct 2021

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“Coordination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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