- to cause to indicate the same time, as one timepiece with another: Synchronize your watches.
- to cause to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together: They synchronized their steps and walked on together.
- Movies, Television.
- to cause (sound and action) to match precisely: to synchronize the sound of footsteps with the actor's movements.
- to match the sound and action in (a scene).
- to cause to agree in time of occurrence; assign to the same time or period, as in a history.
- 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.
- to occur at the same time or coincide or agree in time.
- to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together; recur together.
Origin of synchronize
Examples from the Web for synchronise
Two light snores, that did not synchronise, quarrelled in funny dialogue.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
The Hejazis failed to synchronise, as usual, so the Navy dispensed with their support.Pan-Islam
George Wyman Bury
It was now an obvious plan to synchronise our movements with his.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921
Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
Would it not be a very wise and proper proceeding that she should make her leave to synchronise with his?The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land
It would seem to accept the Sinaitic Covenant as a literal episode, and even to synchronise the Mission with it.Chosen Peoples
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to occur or recur or cause to occur or recur at the same time or in unison
- to indicate or cause to indicate the same timesynchronize your watches
- 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
- (tr) films to establish (the picture and soundtrack records) in their correct relative position
- (tr) to designate (events) as simultaneous
Word Origin and History for synchronise
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.