or co-or·di·nate

[ adjective, noun koh-awr-dn-it, -dn-eyt; verb koh-awr-dn-eyt ]
See synonyms for: coordinatecoordinatedcoordinatescoordinating on

  1. of the same order or degree; equal in rank or importance.

  2. involving the proper relationship or harmonious interaction among functions or parts.

  1. Mathematics. using or pertaining to systems of coordinates.

  2. Grammar. of the same rank in grammatical construction, as Jack and Jill in the phrase Jack and Jill, or got up and shook hands in the sentence He got up and shook hands.

  1. a person or thing of equal rank or importance; an equal.

  2. Mathematics. any of the magnitudes that serve to define the position of a point, line, or the like, by reference to a fixed figure, system of lines, etc.

  1. coordinates, articles of clothing, furniture, or the like, harmonizing in color, material, or style, designed to be worn or used together.

verb (used with object),co·or·di·nat·ed, co·or·di·nat·ing.
  1. to place or class in the same order, rank, division, etc.

  2. to place or arrange in proper order or position.

  1. to combine in harmonious relation or action.

verb (used without object),co·or·di·nat·ed, co·or·di·nat·ing.
  1. to become coordinate.

  2. to assume proper order or relation.

  1. to act in harmonious combination.

Origin of coordinate

First recorded in 1635–45; co- + (sub)ordinate

Other words for coordinate

Other words from coordinate

  • co·or·di·nate·ly, co-or·di·nate·ly, adverb
  • co·or·di·nate·ness, co-or·di·nate·ness, noun
  • co·or·di·na·tive, co-or·di·na·tive [koh-awr-dn-ey-tiv, -awr-dn-uh-], /koʊˈɔr dnˌeɪ tɪv, -ˈɔr dn ə-/, adjective
  • in·ter·co·or·di·nate, adjective
  • in·ter·co·or·di·nate, verb, in·ter·co·or·di·nat·ed, in·ter·co·or·di·nat·ing.
  • mis·co·or·di·nate, verb, mis·co·or·di·nat·ed, mis·co·or·di·nat·ing.
  • non·co·or·di·nat·ing, adjective
  • un·co·or·di·nate, adjective
  • un·co·or·di·nate·ly, adverb
  • un·co·or·di·nate·ness, noun
  • un·co·or·di·nat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coordinate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coordinate


  1. (tr) to organize or integrate (diverse elements) in a harmonious operation

  2. to place (things) in the same class or order, or (of things) to be placed in the same class or order

  1. (intr) to work together, esp harmoniously

  2. (intr) to take or be in the form of a harmonious order

  3. chem to form or cause to form a coordinate bond

noun(kəʊˈɔːdɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. maths any of a set of numbers that defines the location of a point in space: See Cartesian coordinates, polar coordinates

  2. a person or thing equal in rank, type, etc

adjective(kəʊˈɔːdɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. of, concerned with, or involving coordination

  2. of the same rank, type, etc

  1. of or involving the use of coordinates: coordinate geometry

Derived forms of coordinate

  • coordinately or co-ordinately, adverb
  • coordinateness or co-ordinateness, noun
  • coordinative or co-ordinative, adjective
  • coordinator or co-ordinator, noun

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Scientific definitions for coordinate


[ kō-ôrdn-ĭt ]

  1. One of a set of numbers that determines the position of a point. Only one coordinate is needed if the point is on a line, two if the point is in a plane, and three if it is in space.

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