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 Enter at Gate 12 on 42nd Street, turn off your lights and turn up your radio for a 30-minute musical ride synchronized with over a million lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 29 November festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 1 Nov. 2019 The rate at which spindles synchronize with slow oscillations correlates with how well the rats remember their new skill, but factoring in the synchronization rates of both slow oscillations and delta waves generates a far better predictor. Quanta Magazine, "Dueling Brain Waves Anchor or Erase Learning During Sleep," 24 Oct. 2019 Light projections of historical importance will be beamed on the surrounding buildings synchronized with an original score featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Phil Marty,, "Hitting the wine trail in southern Illinois, seeing the light in Indiana and more Midwest events," 22 Oct. 2019 At the diving worlds, Purdue has four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia on 3-meter, Brandon Loschiavo on 10-meter, Steele Johnson and Ben Bramley on synchronized 10-meter, and defending world champion Steven LoBue in high diving (27-meter). David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Memo to Tokyo Olympics: Purdue Boilermakers are on their way," 9 July 2019 Another idea is that listening to signals from sympathetic nerves helps cancer cells synchronize their invasion to periods of high stress, says neuroimmunologist Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 The synchronous fireflies can synchronize their flashing light patterns with each other, according to the National Park Service. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Special fireflies put on synchronized light show in Great Smoky Mountains National Park," 29 Aug. 2019 In the expert’s synchronized version, the sound of shots can be heard on the police recording as Anderson is seen in the doorway and hall on the surveillance video. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city attorneys dispute perjury allegation in Charleena Lyles lawsuit," 25 June 2018 The nearly $7 million ride will also feature the first head-to-head dueling zone on a water coaster and two other rallyPOINTS where the rafts synchronize with each other, according to a press release. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Holiday World's new ride 'Cheetah Chase' to be world's first launched water coaster," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of synchronize

circa 1624, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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13 Nov 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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