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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Themes included security challenges, how to enhance military coordination and cooperation, and the exchange of experiences and intelligence to combat terrorism. Fox News, "Conference in Albania to discuss efforts against terrorism," 4 June 2018 Besides a tremor, Parkinson’s disease affects balance and coordination and can cause stiffness and slow movement. Alison Goldman, SELF, "7 Possible Reasons Your Hands Are Shaking," 21 May 2018 Mueller was tasked with looking into whether there was coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia — and any related issues. Martin Finucane,, "Believe it or not, President Trump has been in Europe a little over 72 hours," 13 July 2018 Cybersecurity can always be better and more coordination between agencies and industry, incentives for adopting best practices, and hardening the pipeline network against attack, are among the best ways to mitigate these 21st century threats. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 Early on, there was constant coordination between Harrisburg and Philadelphia., "For Philly's new school board: Lessons from the SRC's 17 years," 1 July 2018 But Trump appeared more interested in denying any coordination between his campaign and Russia. Laura King,, "Heading into Putin meeting, Trump again bashes allies and avoids election-meddling issue," 1 July 2018 However, early Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg seemed to back up claims that there was coordination between the Trump campaign and the Enquirer. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "National Enquirer Allegedly Ran Stories by Trump Camp Before Publishing," 22 June 2018 The suit also alleges unlawful coordination between the foundation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 15: FBI report, immigration, Trump Foundation, Argentina, teens," 15 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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hand-eye coordination

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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