[ sing-kruh-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: synchronizesynchronizedsynchronization on

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.

  1. Movies, Television.

    • 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).

  2. to harmonize or bring into alignment: To be at peace with yourself you must synchronize your lifestyle with your values.

  3. to cause (accounts or narratives) to agree in the timing and sequence of events, or to arrange (events) in a way that shows their occurrence in the same time or period: The early church fathers did not attempt to synchronize the four gospels.This chart synchronizes inventions that occurred simultaneously in different parts of the world.

  4. Computers. sync (def. 4).

  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.

  1. Computers. sync (def. 7).

Origin of synchronize

First recorded in 1615–25; from Greek synchronízein “to be contemporary with”; from sýnchron(os) synchronous + -izein -ize
  • Also especially British, syn·chro·nise .

Other words from synchronize

  • syn·chro·ni·za·tion [sing-kruh-nahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌsɪŋ krə naɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • syn·chro·niz·er, noun
  • de·syn·chro·ni·za·tion, noun
  • de·syn·chro·nize, verb (used with object), de·syn·chro·nized, de·syn·chro·niz·ing.
  • un·syn·chro·nized, adjective

Words Nearby synchronize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use synchronize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for synchronize



/ (ˈsɪŋkrəˌnaɪz) /

  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 time: synchronize your watches

  1. 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

  2. (tr) films to establish (the picture and soundtrack records) in their correct relative position

  3. (tr) to designate (events) as simultaneous

Derived forms of synchronize

  • synchronization or synchronisation, noun
  • synchronizer or synchroniser, noun

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