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

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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When synced to an app — with the highest level of security and encryption in mind — the colors of the shoes can be changed as well at any time at the touch of a phone. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves," 11 Feb. 2019 OrCam is trying to head off privacy questions by keeping all the photos strictly on the camera or your phone, rather than syncing them with a cloud service. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 The newspaper's account did not elaborate on how the Apple Watch synced that information to both the phone and Khashoggi's iCloud account. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 It must be synced to your primary device and number for a monthly $10 fee, adding to its expense. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "The Beyond-Basic Phone that Made an Exec’s Life Better," 22 Feb. 2019 How to sync your Movies Anywhere movies on Windows 10 That's changed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's decision to rejoin Movies Anywhere is a single step toward regaining consumer trust," 7 Aug. 2018 The system will probably be able to sync up with your phone, but can operate independently. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Volvo’s Polestar 2 Is an Electric Car Controlled by Google," 23 Jan. 2019 And, starting this weekend, fans have the chance to sync up their favorite episodes with a live Twitter commentary from ocean experts. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Watch Blue Planet II this weekend along with scientists on Twitter," 15 Dec. 2018 Dropbox’s web interface can be overly simple, but its tool for syncing files across devices—with version history and superfast syncing—works really well. David Pierce, WSJ, "Cluttered Phone and Computer? Put Your Files in the Cloud," 9 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This bigger-is-better approach is in sync with the continuing ’80s revivalism, which twists existing concepts in ways that speak to today. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 Other Wranglers use a part-time system with no center diff so that the front and rear axles are locked in sync. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Jeep Wrangler's Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine Is Totally Worth the Extra Money," 13 Feb. 2019 While his teammates struggled to get in sync offensively, the junior forward continually made an impact. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Wesson’s tie-breaking dunk sends Buckeyes past Hoosiers," 10 Feb. 2019 Playing Battlefield, a tank moving left to right moves in sync with the Nari Ultimate’s haptics, while every explosion or stray bullet thud gets an accompanying, shorter shake. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 The year began with most major economies expanding in sync. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "Let the Good Times...Stay a Little Longer?," 16 Dec. 2018 Neither device is expected to include specific features that would demand the new version of the operating system, though Microsoft has in the past tried to keep its new hardware and OS revisions in sync. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update launch could occur during Surface event," 26 Sep. 2018 Even though the Washington men’s basketball team entered with a respectable 4-2 record, UW had been out of sync during the first month of the season largely because of its offensive difficulties. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington breezes past Eastern Washington with an eye toward top-ranked Gonzaga," 27 Nov. 2018 As boys, Kellman and Shafran shared the same vision problem: Amblyopia, a condition in which the brain and eye are out of sync, resulting in a lazy eye. Amy Kaufman,, "The surreal, sad story behind the acclaimed new doc 'Three Identical Strangers'," 1 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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