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

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 Also on Google Meet, in the coming months, users will be able to synchronize and play video or audio so that all participants see or hear it at the same time. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In particular, the Russian military was not able to synchronize and coordinate their attacks. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 While it wasn’t supposed to synchronize with Europe until next year, Ukraine, along with neighboring Moldova, requested that Europe’s main electricity operator, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, expedite matters. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 The researchers also found that spiders needed to synchronize to sense smaller prey items in the web. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2022 In the March issue, Vanessa Gregory writes about a group of physicists investigating a similar mystery: how certain species of fireflies synchronize their flashing as part of an elaborate mating ritual. Vanessa Gregory, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Feb. 2022 Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Nick Stewart-Oaten said the courts, the DOJ and police have yet to fully synchronize information. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Each day, harbors and observatories would raise and lower a metal ball at the same time to allow sailors to synchronize their instruments. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 31 Dec. 2021 Further, without these command posts, the Russian military cannot synchronize their efforts, hence further stalling the offensive. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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25 May 2022

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“Synchronize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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