or co-or·di·na·tion

[ koh-awr-dn-ey-shuhn ]
/ koʊˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən /


the act or state of coordinating or of being coordinated.
proper order or relationship.
harmonious combination or interaction, as of functions or parts.

Origin of coordination

First recorded in 1595–1605, coordination is from the Late Latin word coordinātiōn- (stem of coordinātiō). See co-, ordination

OTHER WORDS FROM coordination

non·co·or·di·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for coordination



/ (kəʊˌɔːdɪˈneɪʃən) /


balanced and effective interaction of movement, actions, etc

Word Origin for coordination

C17: from Late Latin coordinātiō, from Latin ordinātiō an arranging; see ordinate
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Medical definitions for coordination

[ kō-ôr′dn-āshən ]


The harmonious adjustment or interaction of parts.
Harmonious functioning of muscles or groups of muscles in the execution of movements.
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Cultural definitions for coordination


The use of grammatical structures to give equal emphasis to, or to “coordinate,” two or more words, groups of words, or ideas: “I like eggs and toast.” In the following sentences, each clause receives equal emphasis: “Mr. Jones teaches French, and Ms. Williams teaches English”; “Mr. Jones teaches French, but Ms. Williams teaches English.” (Compare subordination.)

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