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 Some studies posit that the undetectable Zoom audio lag depletes more energy than a typical meeting, causing our brains to work overtime to synchronize the two dissonant elements. Sophia Maltese, cleveland, "Local college students struggle with ‘Zoom fatigue’ as remote semester wraps up," 3 Dec. 2020 Someone needed to coordinate all of the lights and synchronize them to the music and short show, which happens on the square every evening on the hour from 5-9 p.m. That someone was Rohrer, who runs and manages Dither Studio. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: Working at a stand-up desk with a treadmill helps designer coordinate lights display in East Troy," 11 Dec. 2020 Find a game to play over Zoom or FaceTime, or synchronize a Netflix movie between households. Matt Simon, Wired, "What Should You Do About Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19?," 28 Oct. 2020 By demonstrating how fireflies begin to synchronize, their research might inspire communication and coordination methods in swarm robotics technology. Courtney Holden, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Fireflies’ Dramatic Light Show Might Spark Advances in Robot Communication," 27 Oct. 2020 Walmart developed software to synchronize logistics systems for the stores with e-commerce systems and to integrate with the third-party carriers picking up loads from the sites. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Walmart Adding ‘Pop-Up’ Centers for Online Holiday Sales," 12 Nov. 2020 The culprit made off with several laptops used to conduct Zoom interviews and the show's wooden clapperboard, a device that helps synchronize picture and audio, field producer Jason Chillemi said. Ashley Boucher,, "Sharon Osbourne Says Someone ‘Maxed Out’ Her and Husband Ozzy’s Credit Cards," 27 Oct. 2020 Going outside to take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight earlier in the morning can boost alertness and help synchronize circadian rhythms. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Why the Time Change Is Trickier When Working From Home," 26 Oct. 2020 People synchronize, our reward areas of the brain activate, and that pushes us to do more to help our partners. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, "Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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“Synchronize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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