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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Recent Examples on the Web

The charter can use the gym for four, one-hour blocks each school week and up to three more hours a month for after-school events and meetings, to be scheduled in coordination with the district. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Sycamore Creek Community Charter School to open at Oak View Elementary campus in H.B. this year," 14 Aug. 2019 This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Read Robert Mueller’s opening statement," 24 July 2019 This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Robert Mueller’s Opening Statement: Read Full Text," 24 July 2019 Becoming a beauty editor taught me that color coordination wasn't an unspoken beauty rule. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why the Almay Shadow Squad Is My New Go-To Drugstore Buy," 24 July 2018 The duo’s coordination in the Fantasie was practically telepathic, their tonal colors well matched. Christian Hertzog,, "Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson deliver masterful performances of late Schubert music," 25 Mar. 2018 Former special counsel Robert Mueller has made few public statements since his May 2017 appointment to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "The top moments from Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee hearing," 24 July 2019 Stone seems key to answering lingering questions about Trump’s knowledge and coordination with Wikileaks—a case itself that is turning more intriguing due to recent new reporting. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller’s Mind," 22 July 2019 The buildings — to be developed in coordination with two other developers — are expected to include roughly 450 market-rate and affordable apartments. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Developers plan 450+ apartments at Luther Seminary site in St. Anthony Park," 10 July 2019

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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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