synchronize

verb
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 tape also controlled the lighting and music through audio impulses, synchronizing the performances and effects with the soundtrack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 By synchronizing the detectors, the different channels can be separated. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 2018 With a client list that includes Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, George Lucas, Amy Adams, and Drew Barrymore, Oren’s beyond-bespoke experiences have included flying chefs to remote locales and synchronizing a skywriter during a ceremony. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Celebrity Event Planner Yifat Oren's Best Tips for Planning a One-of-a-Kind Wedding," 9 Oct. 2018 Usually, the body’s billions of clocks are synchronized by a master clock in the brain that is activated by light. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Have Heart Surgery in the Afternoon," 26 Dec. 2018 Sleep and wakefulness are also ideally synchronized to the patterns of light and darkness. SELF, "We Asked a Doctor How Much You Need to Care About Your Circadian Rhythm," 4 Sep. 2018 This smart toothbrush connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to synchronize data. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018 In a vacuum, Harvard University physicist Lene Hau created a tiny cloud of sodium ions so cold that their movements synchronized. Popular Mechanics, "Could You Design a Box That Traps Light Inside of It?," 17 Sep. 2018 The timing synchronizes with product cycles for AMD's customers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD's 'Raven Ridge' APU designer points to power as its next advantage," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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synchronize

verb

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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