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.

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Her ritualized breathing and cries of anguish are almost synchronized with the score, an interplay that’s genuinely unsettling leading up to a dramatic finish. Anne Cohen,, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Benson says, the officers who ran its various departments began to synchronize their own operations around it, until every co-dependent function came into concert. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Menacing Seas, the Navy Relies on ‘Battle Rhythm’," 15 June 2019 Peering into the abyss Powerful radio telescopes around the world can be synchronized to work together, enhancing their resolution beyond what any single telescope could achieve. National Geographic, "First-ever picture of a black hole unveiled," 10 Apr. 2019 Edits made on the iPad will be synchronized transparently with the desktop—no conversions or import/export process to go through. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The full Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 Next, Partch and her students grew cells with glowing PER and got all the cellular clocks synchronized. Quanta Magazine, "How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time," 15 Sep. 2015 Technically, the festival is also a masterpiece, because thanks to the satellite connection, the show will run completely synchronized at all locations. Billboard Radio China, Billboard, "Billboard Radio China Airs New EDM Show, 'Unite With Tomorrowland On Air'," 15 June 2018 Even as stock performance synchronized after last year’s U.S. exceptionalism, economic data suggested the U.S. has again jumped out in front. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Three Things to Think About if You Fear a Slowdown," 12 Feb. 2019 The games will synchronize across iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and Apple TVs, and will work offline, the company said Monday during a presentation at its Cupertino headquarters. Mark Gurman, The Seattle Times, "Apple debuts Apple Arcade gaming subscription service," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of synchronize was circa 1624

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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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