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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The novelty factor of synchronizing your tricep curls—on YouTube, DVD or, yes, VHS—with a gobsmacking gorgeous House of Style-era Crawford almost certainly is. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Cindy Crawford Worked Out in Denim Cutoffs and a Bra Top in the 90s—and Here's Proof," 29 June 2018 The notion that congestion costs drivers money buttresses proposals to do everything from widening freeways to synchronizing traffic lights. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Traffic Doesn’t Hurt the Economy—But We Should Still Fix It," 26 June 2018 Each load expects perfectly synchronized electricity and never quite gets it. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 And the president is masterfully synchronizing all of that. Fox News, "Tom Fitton: Comey, Clapper, Brennan have criminal liability," 26 May 2018 Their movements are as synchronized as those of soldiers in formation; their voices, a harmonic convergence that finds the melody in anger. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Fall’ Delivers Stirring Protest in South Africa," 12 Mar. 2018 Cansiani, who started as an engine calibration engineer, makes sure everything is synchronized. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "GM engineer finds escape from self-driving projects in extreme sports," 3 Jan. 2018 The 15-minute show will be synchronized to a selection of patriotic tunes. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Fireworks show coming to Cleveland July 4," 15 June 2018 Vinyasa: Quick-paced and flowing, this style has students moving steadily from pose to pose in a series of movements synchronized with breath. Susannah Bryan,, "Five yoga styles to know," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of synchronize was circa 1624

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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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