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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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  • The date on which the lodging-house-keeper had last seen her coincided with the year in which Richard King had met Louise.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then I sang the Tragala, which coincided with the political views of my friends.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Addisons return to England coincided most happily with another remarkable turn of the tide.

    Addison William John Courthope
  • But he coincided fully in the propriety of the proposed course.

    Mary S. Peake Lewis C. Lockwood
  • The upper course of this ancient channel, therefore, must have coincided with that of the present channel.

    The Niagara River Archer Butler Hulbert
British Dictionary definitions for coincided


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 coincided



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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