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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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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Castillo was emphatic about formalizing coordination efforts between city and county services and admonished officials for meeting only informally and only for an hour every month. Elaine Ayala,, "Domestic violence town hall laid bare the enormity of San Antonio’s problem," 4 July 2019 The arena is expected to open by fall 2021 in coordination with the Seattle NHL franchise for the 2021-2022 AHL season. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Oak View Group & Agua Caliente Team Up for Palm Springs Arena," 26 June 2019 Los Angeles is expected to see above normal temperatures this summer, said Eric Boldt, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Los Angeles, though there could be some variation. Likhitha Butchireddygari, WSJ, "Heat Waves Precipitate More Crime in Poor Areas, Study in L.A. Finds," 24 June 2019 Potential: Has the hands and foot coordination to dazzle with the puck and could be a top-six winger. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 2018 draft review: Potential future stars among picks," 16 June 2019 Law enforcement agencies from across the metro area are stepping up coordination efforts and throwing more resources at the problem. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "At least 175 drug overdoses in MN — 17 fatal — the past 2 weeks; law enforcement stepping up efforts," 7 June 2019 In coordination with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta, Cunningham's family has offered a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or indictment, police said. Gillian Edevane, Newsweek, "Missing CDC Employee Timothy Cunningham Was Upset About Being Denied Promotion," 28 Feb. 2018 The rural centers will require even more coordination among emergency providers and hospitals. Meredith Cohn,, "More patients could survive — and even thrive after — major strokes under new guidelines," 1 June 2018 The complex project requires coordination among three utility companies and will likely impact motor vehicle traffic for up to 17 months, according to City Manager Tina White. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Espola Road work to begin March 12," 27 Feb. 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 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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