coordinate

adjective
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce coordinate (audio) ; -ˈȯr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt\

Definition of coordinate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : equal in rank, quality, or significance keeping the branches of government coordinate
b : being of equal rank in a sentence coordinate clauses
2 : relating to or marked by coordination
3a : being a university that awards degrees to men and women taught usually by the same faculty but attending separate classes often on separate campuses
b : being one of the colleges and especially the women's branch of a coordinate university
4 : of, relating to, or being a system of indexing by two or more terms so that documents may be retrieved through the intersection of index terms

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
coordinated; coordinating

Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to put in the same order or rank
2 : to bring into a common action, movement, or condition : harmonize coordinate schedules She'll be coordinating the relief effort.
3 : to attach so as to form a coordination complex

intransitive verb

1 : to be or become equal in rank, quality, or significance especially so as to act or work together well
2 : to combine by means of a coordinate bond

coordinate

noun
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce coordinate (audio) ; -ˈȯr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt\

Definition of coordinate (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : any of a set of numbers used in specifying the location of a point on a line, on a surface, or in space latitude and longitude coordinates
b : any one of a set of variables used in specifying the state of a substance or the motion of a particle or momentum
2 : one who is of equal rank, authority, or importance with another
3 coordinates plural : articles (as of clothing) designed to be used together and to attain their effect through pleasing contrast (as of color, material, or texture)

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Other Words from coordinate

Adjective

coordinately adverb
coordinateness noun

Verb

coordinative \ kō-​ˈȯrd-​nə-​tiv How to pronounce coordinative (audio) ; -​ˈȯr-​də-​nə-​tiv , -​də-​ˌnā-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for coordinate

Synonyms: Verb

accommodate, attune, conciliate, conform, harmonize, key, reconcile

Synonyms: Noun

coequal, compeer, counterpart, equal, equivalent, fellow, like, match, parallel, peer, rival

Antonyms: Verb

disharmonize

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Examples of coordinate in a Sentence

Verb

She'll be coordinating the relief effort. You'll have to coordinate with the sales department. National and international relief efforts must coordinate if the operation is to be successful. We need to coordinate our schedules. Dancers need to coordinate their moves. Since his illness, he has had trouble coordinating his arms and legs.

Noun

We calculated its exact coordinates. the Nobel Memorial Award for Economic Science is universally regarded as the coordinate of the original Nobel Prizes for peace, literature, medicine, physics, and chemistry
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The statement added that Joiner was taken into custody Saturday in Lake Wales in central Florida in a coordinate effort with the Lake Wales Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-college teammate of Aaron Hernandez charged with murder in wife’s 2016 death," 10 June 2019 Judge Alsup, who continues a disturbing recent trend, failed to afford the deference due to a coordinate branch of government in making legal determinations. Josh Blackman, National Review, "A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA," 10 Jan. 2018 In the first day after the quake, few supplies or volunteers reached Jojutla, said one town official helping coordinate emergency supplies. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake," 21 Sep. 2017 Gaul was on McClain’s first staff at UIC as a grad assistant in 2015-16, helping coordinate team travel, video operations and practice schedules. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Illini star Dee Brown officially joins UIC basketball staff," 1 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To help ensure the safety of Florida’s rescue pets, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) coordinated the evacuation of approximately 80 animals from three different Florida animal shelters on Sunday. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Rescuers Help Florida Shelters and Sanctuaries Move Animals to Safety Ahead of Hurricane Dorian," 3 Sep. 2019 Cavusoglu told Reuters that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the ship’s coordinates with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday. Reuters, The Mercury News, "US says Iranian oil tanker is now headed to Syria," 30 Aug. 2019 The interest from the public gave Meiers, who coordinates events for the Marshall County Historical Society, the idea to hold an event at the museum to commemorate the famed UFO incident. Ann Bailey, Twin Cities, "Minnesota county commemorating 1970s UFO incident," 27 Aug. 2019 Bradford Geyer, who coordinated the efforts for The Hartford, said the paddlers included actuaries, lawyers, paralegals, cyber-security professionals and others from around the company. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "71 teams celebrate annual Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford," 17 Aug. 2019 Individuals must be able to effectively sense their external environment, communicate that information to others, and coordinate a response. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019 In a video posted by Bleacher Report, Mahomes and an individual operating the drone coordinate on the route. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Watch Patrick Mahomes show off pinpoint accuracy by hitting a moving drone with a ball," 11 Aug. 2019 Friedson, who also coordinated the petition drive that collected nearly 4,000 signatures in 23 days -- 3,181 of which were certified by the county -- said Friday that CEM was satisfied with the ballot language. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County elections board tunes up Cleveland Heights’ mayoral ballot language," 11 Aug. 2019 The Game of Thrones star and Jonas Brothers member shared their coordinating body art on Instagram this afternoon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Get Matching Tattoos to Honor Their Late Dog, Waldo," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams had to provide the exact coordinates of the items. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 To transfer each bit of information to Alice, Bob can send her the coordinates of a point in the many-dimensional space that is either close to a point in the lattice to denote zero or farther from a lattice point to denote one. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from hackers with quantum computers," 21 Aug. 2019 In his diary, Beale also documented the precise coordinates of each of the party’s campsites along their route. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "The Forgotten History Behind ‘Inland’," 18 Aug. 2019 New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers received the coordinates and responded to Cannon Cliffs. BostonGlobe.com, "A rock climber was airlifted from a ledge on a cliff face after he fell 50 feet and sustained life-threatening injuries, resulting in a harrowing rescue mission Sunday morning in the White Mountains, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 Except, those are the coordinates for the Taj Mahal. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Guys Mapped Out Every 3-Meter Square on Earth with a Unique Three-Word Phrase," 4 Sep. 2019 So for our sheep, each can be described with two inputs: an x and a y coordinate to specify its position in the field. Quanta Magazine, "Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks," 31 Jan. 2019 Come Wednesday night, the treasure hunt wizards will release the coordinates of each bill. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Wednesday, $100 Bills Will Be Hidden All Around Louisville," 22 July 2019 He was supposed to report the coordinates and time of the landing to Mission Control in Houston for its records. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A front row seat to historic splashdown," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of coordinate

Adjective

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1665, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coordinate

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

probably back-formation from coordination

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The first known use of coordinate was in 1641

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coordinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coordinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make arrangements so that two or more people or groups of people can work together properly and well
: to act or work together properly and well
: to cause (two or more things) to be the same or to go together well : to cause (two or more things) to not conflict with or contradict each other

coordinate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : one of a set of numbers that is used to locate a point on a map, graph, etc.
: articles of clothing that are made to be worn together

coordinate

noun
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯr-də-nət How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \

Kids Definition of coordinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a set of numbers used to locate a point on a line or surface or in space

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
coordinated; coordinating

Kids Definition of coordinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work or cause to work together smoothly She coordinated the field day activities.

coordinate

verb
co·​or·​di·​nate | \ kō-ˈȯrd-ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce coordinate (audio) \
coordinated; coordinating

Medical Definition of coordinate

transitive verb

: to bring into a common action, movement, or condition coordinate muscular movements

intransitive verb

: to function together in a concerted way

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