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/ ˈsɪŋ krəˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), syn·chro·nized, syn·chro·niz·ing.
to cause to indicate the same time, as one timepiece with another: Synchronize your watches.
to cause to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together: They synchronized their steps and walked on together.
- to cause (sound and action) to match precisely: to synchronize the sound of footsteps with the actor's movements.
- to match the sound and action in (a scene).
to cause to agree in time of occurrence; assign to the same time or period, as in a history.
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.
to occur at the same time or coincide or agree in time.
to go on, move, operate, work, etc., at the same rate and exactly together; recur together.
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Also especially British, syn·chro·nise .
Origin of synchronize
1615–25; <Greek synchronízein to be contemporary with, equivalent to sýnchron(os) synchronous + -izein-ize
OTHER WORDS FROM synchronize
syn·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.
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How to use synchronize in a sentence
They are, so to speak, pimples of the soul which synchronise with similar excrescences of the skin.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1|William Painter
At any rate they synchronise, despite or perhaps because of the deficiency of formal literature during the "Dark" Ages.A Letter Book|George Saintsbury
It was now an obvious plan to synchronise our movements with his.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
These changes synchronise to a certain extent; for, as the sun rises, light appears and the temperature begins to rise.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Would it not be a very wise and proper proceeding that she should make her leave to synchronise with his?The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land|Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for synchronize
/ (ˈsɪŋkrəˌnaɪz) /
(when intr, usually foll by with) to occur or recur or cause to occur or recur at the same time or in unison
to indicate or cause to indicate the same timesynchronize your watches
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
(tr) films to establish (the picture and soundtrack records) in their correct relative position
(tr) to designate (events) as simultaneous
Derived forms of synchronizesynchronization or synchronisation, nounsynchronizer or synchroniser, noun
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