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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That's resulted in the same hard contact that a player of his coordination and strength is expected to make, but on more topspin ground balls and weak contact. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles sit Trey Mancini in effort to reverse young slugger's season-long struggles," 11 July 2018 The official said the military would continue its current coordination and work with South Korea until told otherwise. Pamela Brown, CNN, "Trump admin expected to suspend August US-S. Korea drill as Pentagon scrambles," 13 June 2018 Archery 101 Archery can help even casual participants improve their hand-eye coordination, mental discipline, balance and patience. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Experience fishing, archery, mountain biking or scorpion hunting at Arizona parks," 25 May 2018 Tuesday’s charging documents against Mr. Cohen revealed a closer level of coordination between American Media and the Trump campaign than previously known. Nicole Hong And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer Publisher, Granted Immunity in Michael Cohen Case," 24 Aug. 2018 The process also relies on coordination between HHS, which shelters children, and the Department of Homeland Security, which detains adults and initially separated parents and children. Washington Post, "Reuniting separated families: Why is it taking so long?," 10 July 2018 The lack of coordination between the two agencies has led to weeks of confusion and swelling numbers of children in government care who were at risk of being stranded in American foster care, thousands of miles from their parents. Nick Miroff,, "Trump administration says it has plan to reunite 2,053 separated children still in custody," 23 June 2018 None of the charges relate to allegations of Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates, the main thrust of Mueller’s public appointment order. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Manafort attorney appeals for client's release from 'solitary confinement' prior to trials," 29 June 2018 Little children are completely unconcerned about the state of the kitchen floor, and their coordination might propel ingredients toward undesirable locations. The Washington Post,, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 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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