syn·​chro·​nize | \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz, ˈsin-\
synchronized; synchronizing

Definition of synchronize 

intransitive verb

: to happen at the same time

transitive verb

1 : to represent or arrange (events) to indicate coincidence or coexistence

2 : to make synchronous in operation

3 : to make (motion-picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action

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Other Words from synchronize

synchronizer noun

Examples of synchronize in a Sentence

The dancers practiced until they synchronized their movements. The sound and picture have to synchronize perfectly.

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FreeSync synchronizes refresh rates between your monitor and graphics card for a buttery smooth gaming experience. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Great gaming for ludicrously cheap: Get a PowerColor Radeon RX 570 with 3 games for $140," 29 Oct. 2018 The brain and hormones work together to synchronize all of your body’s separate systems. SELF, "We Asked a Doctor How Much You Need to Care About Your Circadian Rhythm," 4 Sep. 2018 The waiters came together for one last time to synchronize the restaurant's famously ostentatious champagne pour just before midnight. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 In contrast, the N.T.P. standard can synchronize computers no more accurately than a millisecond, or one thousandth of a second. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018 The time-limits feature will synchronize between multiple devices via Apple’s iCloud service. Mark Gurman,, "Apple announces controls to help fight iPhone addiction, plus augmented reality and fitness features," 4 June 2018 The government specialists synchronized two videos from the scene, and analyzed the impact of the bullet that went through the roof of Finicum's truck, the bullet's angle and trajectory and placement of FBI agents and troopers in the area. Maxine Bernstein,, "Indicted FBI agent spends personal savings on forensic experts to challenge indictment," 21 May 2018 Anywhere electricity flows, it can be digitally measured and synchronized. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 This installation by Humans Since 1982 is an elegant way of synchronizing the form of analog clocks into a sort of hybrid analog-digital readout. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Watch 135 Analog Clocks Become One Digital Clock," 23 June 2015

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of synchronize

: to cause (things) to agree in time or to make (things) happen at the same time and speed

: to happen at the same time and speed

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