syn·​chro·​nize ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz How to pronounce synchronize (audio)
synchronized; synchronizing

intransitive verb

: to happen at the same time

transitive verb

: to represent or arrange (events) to indicate coincidence or coexistence
: to make synchronous in operation
: to make (motion-picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action
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 People perform best on many challenging mental tasks – from paying attention and learning to solving problems and making complex decisions – when these actions are synchronized with their personal circadian peaks. Cindi May, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 Chuong Nguyen Beyond Bluetooth, there are major differences between how the two wearables synchronize data and communicate with the cloud and your phone. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 For example, engaging in rituals such as fire walking can physiologically synchronize people with one another and promote mutually beneficial behavior. Athena Aktipis, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 The mating calls of male Panama cross-banded tree frogs are synchronized to confuse bats and midges. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 To trace the object in the sky back to Israeli territory, The Times synchronized the Al Jazeera footage with five other videos filmed at the same time, including footage from an Israeli television station, Channel 12, and a CCTV camera in Tel Aviv. Christoph Koettl, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023 That clock synchronizes our bodies to the light-dark cycle of the planet by controlling the expression of more than 40% of our genome. Quanta Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 The only remaining single-gender sports are artistic (formerly synchronized) swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, both for women only. Victor Mather, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 The Post created a 3D reconstruction of the raid by synchronizing and reviewing dozens of videos from March 16, when the incident took place, as well as speaking to witnesses. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Synchronize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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syn·​chro·​nize ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz How to pronounce synchronize (audio)
synchronized; synchronizing
: to cause to agree in time
synchronize your watches

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