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synchronize

[sing-kruh-nahyz] /ˈsɪŋ krəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), synchronized, synchronizing.
1.
to cause to indicate the same time, as one timepiece with another:
Synchronize your watches.
2.
to cause to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together:
They synchronized their steps and walked on together.
3.
Movies, Television.
  1. to cause (sound and action) to match precisely:
    to synchronize the sound of footsteps with the actor's movements.
  2. to match the sound and action in (a scene).
4.
to cause to agree in time of occurrence; assign to the same time or period, as in a history.
5.
to adjust the periodicities of (two or more electrical or mechanical devices) so that the periods are equal or integral multiples or fractions of each other.
verb (used without object), synchronized, synchronizing.
6.
to occur at the same time or coincide or agree in time.
7.
to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together; recur together.
Also, especially British, synchronise.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Greek synchronízein to be contemporary with, equivalent to sýnchron(os) synchronous + -izein -ize
Related forms
synchronization, noun
synchronizer, noun
desynchronization, noun
desynchronize, verb (used with object), desynchronized, desynchronizing.
unsynchronized, adjective
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Examples from the web for synchronize
  • Only three times in the twentieth century did all these oscillations synchronize, after which the climate moved to a new state.
  • The organizers who linked these discrete cells could then synchronize complex multiple attacks.
  • Choose when you want to synchronize information between your mobile device and the calendar server.
  • Next, you synchronize the media on your phone and computer.
  • And during play, they stand and synchronize chants and gestures that are later copied at arenas across the country.
  • But there are plenty of similar failures to synchronize on issues that nobody thinks are unimportant.
British Dictionary definitions for synchronize

synchronize

/ˈsɪŋkrəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
when intr, usually foll by with. to occur or recur or cause to occur or recur at the same time or in unison
2.
to indicate or cause to indicate the same time: synchronize your watches
3.
to download files, esp music or video files, from a PC to a portable device such as an iPod, or to upload files from the device to a PC
4.
(transitive) (films) to establish (the picture and soundtrack records) in their correct relative position
5.
(transitive) to designate (events) as simultaneous
Derived Forms
synchronization, synchronisation, noun
synchronizer, synchroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for synchronize
v.

1620s, "to occur at the same time," from Greek synchronizein "be of the same time," from synchronos "happening at the same time" (see synchronous). The sense of "make synchronous" is first recorded 1806. Synchronized swimming is recorded from 1950.

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