sync

[ singk ]
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noun
  1. synchronization, or the condition of moving, operating, acting, etc., at the same rate and exactly together (usually preceded by in or out of): The picture and the soundtrack were out of sync.

  2. harmony or harmonious relationship (usually preceded by in or out of): Management wants to be in sync with the client's wishes.

  1. Computers. the process of connecting devices or computers, or of uploading data from one to the other or to a network or data store, so that all connected devices and repositories share current data: You can disconnect your phone from the computer after the sync finishes.

verb (used with object)
  1. Also synchronize .Computers.

    • to connect (devices or computers) so that they share current data, often the data generated by a particular app and stored on one of the devices or computers: Every few days I sync my fitness tracker with my computer so my averages are updated on the computer.

    • to upload (data) from one device or computer to another, or to a network or data store, so that all connected devices and repositories share current data: This app lets you sync your photos across multiple devices.When several of us are working on code in the same program, we have to sync changes frequently.

  2. to synchronize, or cause to move, operate, act, etc., at the same rate and exactly together: The cheerleaders and baton twirlers synced their movements perfectly to the band.

  1. to harmonize or align: It is extremely important to sync your priorities with those of your teammates.

verb (used without object)
  1. Also synchronize .Computers. to initiate or undergo a connection between devices or computers, or with a network or data store, to share current data: Your computer needs to sync with a server on the west coast at the end of each day’s work.

  2. to be in or come into harmony or alignment: Despite my fears, my new roommate and I synced almost right away.Project management should sync with organizational strategy so we all know how to plan.

Origin of sync

1
First recorded in 1930–35; shortened from synchronize
  • Also synch .

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British Dictionary definitions for sync

sync

verb
  1. an informal word for synchronize

noun
  1. an informal word for synchronization: in sync; out of sync See synchronization

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