or synch


noun (used esp. in the phrases in sync and out of sync)

synchronization: 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sync

Contemporary Examples of sync

Historical Examples of sync

  • 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.


    Cory Doctorow

  • 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

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


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for sync



films television computing


an informal word for synchronize


an informal word for synchronizationin 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