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 In coordination with the Southwest Management District, the Alumni Association donated $40,000 to enable the YMCA, Houston Food Bank and Brighter Bites to distribute 120,000 meals to area needy families. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Joint Chinese College Alumni Association donates to the Houston Food bank," 18 May 2020 The agreement also states that annexation must be done in coordination with the United States and certain peace agreements must be followed. Fox News, "Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz postpone swearing-in of new unity government, again," 15 May 2020 These days will be paid and employees, in coordination with their supervisors, will determine when to take them throughout the year. Jamie Landers, azcentral, "University of Arizona delays furlough program to July 1, changes structure," 13 May 2020 Salazar, in coordination with other local officials, started reducing the number of inmates at the jail in early March, primarily by releasing nonviolent misdemeanor offenders and sending felons to state prison. Emilie Eaton,, "Most inmates at Bexar County jail who test positive show no symptoms of coronavirus as outbreak claims another life," 6 May 2020 The protest was planned in coordination with other Amazon Fulfillment Center walkouts, Fields explained. Julia Fair,, "'Amazon's not telling us the truth,' NKY fulfillment center employee organizes protest in midst of COVID-19 pandemic," 1 May 2020 This case was investigated in coordination with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office Elderly Exploitation Team which focuses on financial crimes against our elderly citizens. al, "Foley teen arrested for financially exploiting man on hospice, police say," 21 Apr. 2020 New York state is emerging from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, and officials have begun planning a reopening of the region’s economy in coordination with other East Coast states, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Seven Northeast States Start to Plan Reopening Coronavirus-Hit Economy," 13 Apr. 2020 Governors are making decisions based on the best advice of the health care specialists within state government, and at universities, and in coordination with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raymond Scheppach, The Conversation, "Governors take charge of response to the coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Coordination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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