\ˈsiŋk \
variants: or less commonly synch
synced also synched\ˈsiŋ(k)t \; syncing also synching\ˈsiŋ-​kiŋ \

Definition of sync 

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variants: or less commonly synch

Definition of sync (Entry 2 of 2)

: synchronization, synchronism moving in sync out of sync with the world

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sync adjective

Examples of sync in a Sentence

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Instead, they are synced with smartphones via an app and alert the wearer to messages or calls through vibrations, blinking lights or by moving the watch’s hands. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Old-School Watchmakers Get Smart to Counter Apple," 17 Nov. 2018 The Ugly Doesn't sync with Apple Health or Google Fit. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately the dock doesn’t sync up to Razer Synapse or Chroma studio on the PC. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 People can sync their Facebook account to Portal and make video calls through the company’s Messenger service. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?," 8 Oct. 2018 Travel booked through Rising Star will automatically sync up for teams using Artist Growth, decreasing repetitive manual data entry and saving time. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Artist Growth Integrates With Rising Star Travel to Streamline Tour Scheduling," 12 July 2018 Why were hundreds of hosts lined up and ready to go but Maeve and Hector weren’t synced up with that message? William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 10 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Passenger’ and Season 2's finale," 24 June 2018 The six-inch device syncs up with your phone and Amazon account and has a hands-free camera to take full-body pictures or 360-degree videos of your outfits. Janelle Nanos,, "Amazon dressed me for a week. Here’s what I learned.," 2 July 2018 Taking to the stage on Wednesday night, the queen showed off her various skills, from singing to dancing to lip syncing the house down. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "The Vixen & Shea Coulee Perform at Chicago Black Girl Magic Show: Watch," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Your taps of buttons (d-pad left and right, d-pad up and down, block rotation) typically come with sound effects and musical notes, and the taps' associated notes are often in sync with whatever background music is percolating. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 There was an equalizer for getting sound just right, easy to use playlists, visualizers which offered psychedelic images loosely in sync with the music, and heavy customization. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 And when our biological clocks are off, everything about us is out of sync. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 8 things to know about “falling back”," 2 Nov. 2018 The noise still drives the qubits out of sync, but the effect is much smaller for any given time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018 Its acid-yellow light strobed the alley, slapping his shadow on each wall of it, moving its blurry black limbs in sync with his. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Perfectly in sync with him throughout the 70-minute show is pianist Mark Janas, who underscores speeches as well as songs with sounds that move from glittering to jazzy to martial. Daryl H. Miller,, "With 'Broadway and the Bard,' Len Cariou helps us hear the music in Shakespeare," 29 June 2018 Disney’s increased bid for Fox also raised the value of the 39 percent of Sky that Fox owns, putting those shares out of sync with the remaining 61 percent. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 July 2018 But high-speed plane travel to a location that is out of sync with your body’s internal clocks can cause more than just sleepiness. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of sync


1945, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

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