\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

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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 With the season finale of the show airing today, synced up with Danler (who also created and executive produced the show) and Purnell to discuss the first season. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Stephanie Danler and Ella Purnell Talk 'Sweetbitter' and Strange Female Friendships," 10 June 2018 The sensors track stride length, cadence, pace, distance and shoe life, and sync it to the newest version of the popular app MapMyRun, downloaded on your phone. Roy M. Wallack,, "10 fitness and lifestyle devices you've never heard of — but will want right now," 20 Apr. 2018 Since then, OneNote for Windows 10 has added some of the top features of the Windows 10 app, including perhaps the best feature of the note-taking tool: audio that’s synced to your notes. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will stop developing OneNote 2016 in favor of the Windows 10 OneNote app," 18 Apr. 2018 What: Party-goers at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Lip can sync hits to the Bruno Mars tribute act, wipe away tears during Rachel Steele's country crooning, and rock out to National Lines' alt-pop bops. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks, parades and more fireworks! Check out these can’t-miss July 4 celebrations," 27 June 2018 The Lovells need to transform their loose network into a team that can sync their agendas under the banner of a bigger cause and common strategy. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette trying to form massive coalition in effort to treat community's trauma," 7 June 2018 In many cases, these alt-browsers offer better privacy options, data-saving features, and desktop syncing abilities than your phone's native browser. Josie Colt, WIRED, "Tired of Safari? Try These Mobile Browsers Instead," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The president’s re-election promises have appeared out of sync with the everyday preoccupations of voters, according to Murat Sari, head of Turkish polling agency Konsensus. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey’s Erdogan Strains to Turn Strongman Rule Into Dominance at Polls," 22 June 2018 The American Cancer Society's advice puts it out of sync with guidelines from an influential government advisory group, which kept the age at 50 in an update two years ago. Fox News, "Cancer group says colon screening should start at 45, not 50," 1 June 2018 Last year his footwork was poor, and his upper and lower body were never in sync., "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 Of course, this isn’t the first time Bieber and Baldwin have been fashionably in sync. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Take Couples Style to the Next Level," 22 June 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

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