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[koh-in-sahyd] /ˌkoʊ ɪnˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), coincided, coinciding.
to occupy the same place in space, the same point or period in time, or the same relative position:
The centers of concentric circles coincide. Our vacations coincided this year.
to correspond exactly, as in nature, character, etc.:
His vocation coincides with his avocation.
to agree or concur, as in thought or opinion:
Their opinions always coincide.
Origin of coincide
1635-45; < Medieval Latin coincidere, equivalent to Latin co- co- + incidere to befall; see incident
Related forms
uncoincided, adjective
uncoinciding, adjective
3. accord, correspond, match, tally, jibe, square.
3. differ, contradict. Unabridged
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  • When heavy winds coincide with especially high tides, it becomes liquid chaos and disaster for the unwitting seafarer.
  • Not only no two poets but no two readers would exactly coincide in their sense of rhythm.
  • Apart from this, the adaptation has been consistently made, and the works coincide in much of their detail.
  • In a small part of their vocabulary the idiomatic and the slangy will coincide, and be therefore confused by the undiscerning.
  • Happily for the human race, legality and reality do not always coincide.
  • The job security of an industry-oriented major may not coincide with high earnings, the report cautions.
  • The biologist's interests and my own coincide perfectly.
  • In an ideal case, these interests coincide, and the promotion goes through without the slightest friction.
  • It never fails that the start of school will coincide with some kind of aggravating complication in one's personal life.
  • Unfortunately, those early years of parenting usually coincide with the critical early stages of an academic career.
British Dictionary definitions for coincide


verb (intransitive)
to occur or exist simultaneously
to be identical in nature, character, etc
to agree
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin coincidere, from Latin co- together + incidere to occur, befall, from cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for coincide

1715, from French coincider (14c.), from Medieval Latin coincidere (in astrological use), literally "to fall upon together," from Latin com- "together" (see co-) + incidere "to fall upon" (in- "upon + cadere "to fall;" see case (n.1)). Related: Coincided; coinciding.

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