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or synch

[singk] /sɪŋk/ Informal.
noun, (used esp. in the phrases in sync and out of sync)
The picture and the soundtrack were out of sync.
harmony or harmonious relationship:
Management wants to be in sync with the client's wishes.
verb (used with or without object)
to synchronize; harmonize.
Origin of sync
First recorded in 1930-35; shortened form Unabridged
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  • I hae na seen ye're bonny face these muckle years, sir, sync ye cam' back frae ae sight o' the young mistress.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • I told you she was a potent force—a full-scale powerhouse, in sync and on the line.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The way you get a ride online is to sync up with our version-server and then instantiate a copy.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Robots humped underfoot moving objects, keeping them in sync with the changes in Florida.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for sync


an informal word for synchronize
an informal word for synchronization: in sync, out of sync See synchronization
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Word Origin and History for sync

1929, shortened form of synchronization (see synchronize). Originally in reference to soundtracks and pictures in the movies. Sense of "be in agreement, coincide" first recorded 1961 in in sync.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sync



Synchronism; synchronization (1929+)


To synchronize: Let's sync our plans, okay? (1950s+)

Related Terms

in sync, lip-sync, out of sync

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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