verb (used with object), syn·chro·nized, syn·chro·niz·ing.
  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), syn·chro·nized, syn·chro·niz·ing.
  1. to occur at the same time or coincide or agree in time.
  2. to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together; recur together.
Also especially British, syn·chro·nise.

Origin of synchronize

1615–25; < Greek synchronízein to be contemporary with, equivalent to sýnchron(os) synchronous + -izein -ize
Related formssyn·chro·ni·za·tion, nounsyn·chro·niz·er, nounde·syn·chro·ni·za·tion, nounde·syn·chro·nize, verb (used with object), de·syn·chro·nized, de·syn·chro·niz·ing.un·syn·chro·nized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for desynchronization



  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 timesynchronize 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. (tr) films to establish (the picture and soundtrack records) in their correct relative position
  5. (tr) to designate (events) as simultaneous
Derived Formssynchronization or synchronisation, nounsynchronizer or synchroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for desynchronization



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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