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 That lack of coordination and collaboration is the D-. Scott Kirsner,, "More inter-campus collaboration: It’s the entrepreneural thing to do," 25 Aug. 2019 The end result is outright impressive considering there’s very little coordination and only vague direction. Cian Maher, The Verge, "The streamer who built a giant Starbucks island in Minecraft," 15 July 2019 Maybe something routine, such as an agreement to bolster strategic communication and policy coordination and another expression of commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Washington Post, "China, North Korea look to strengthen ties amid US disputes," 20 June 2019 The very mentality of vast privatization and skepticism about federal coordination of state law is much of the reason why water rights are such a mess in the American West. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 Attendees will also discuss plans for better coordination of security efforts between tech companies and government agencies—something that didn’t happen in 2016. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, "Facebook and Google Met With U.S. Intelligence About Online Security for the 2020 Presidential Election," 4 Sep. 2019 Mikula didn’t say whether the interconnectivity would allow for better coordination of traffic lights. Bob Sandrick,, "Strongsville will pay Wadsworth firm $5.7 million to upgrade city traffic lights," 6 Aug. 2019 Our thanks also extend to a very special and gifted MV nurse, Ms. Barbara Rush, NP, for her compassion and outstanding coordination of Martha's Vineyard oncology services with the Yale Smilow Cancer Center at Saint Francis Hospital in Connecticut., "Michael Anthony Joakim," 16 July 2019 Comey’s orchestration of the release of their contents helped spark special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to affect the 2016 election. Matt Zapotosky,, "Comey violated policies in handling memos on interactions with Trump, inspector general finds," 29 Aug. 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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