syn·​chro·​nize | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz How to pronounce synchronize (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In effect, residential prices in those cities have become globally synchronized much as stocks and bonds are. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "New Cloud Over Global Growth: Synchronized Housing Slowdown," 27 Jan. 2020 While Hamilton says the incident did affect mobile service, cellphone networks could also rely on temporary backup systems designed to provide synchronized time during an outage. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Into the ‘crucible’: How the government responds when GPS goes down," 24 Jan. 2020 At a recent rehearsal there, with the Madrids’ 5-month-old daughter looking on, the dancers ran through a section full of silky grooves and sharp, synchronized popping and locking. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "Can a Hip-Hop Dance Show Settle In Off Broadway?," 21 Jan. 2020 To help make sense of your digital storage, DeltaWalker can compare and synchronize hundreds of files and folders side-by-side. NBC News, "This Apple bundle gets you 13 premium apps for $42," 3 Dec. 2019 This is the 44th year of KGB-FM’s SkyShow, which synchronizes a massive fireworks display to rock music. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tailgating and fireworks: San Diego sports in a nutshell," 31 Aug. 2019 This is a Vinyasa-style practice, which synchronizes breath and movement and flows from one position to the next. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 The four-hour holiday laser shows are synchronized to music and will be projected on the American National Insurance Company Building. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Breakfast with Santa, Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall," 19 Dec. 2019 Due to its menu format, Hina operates solely on reservations, and every course is precisely synchronized so that each bite is delivered at optimal temperature. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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6 Feb 2020

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“Synchronize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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