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 harmonize or bring into alignment: To be at peace with yourself you must synchronize your lifestyle with your values.
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.
Computers. sync (def. 4).
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.
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.
- Also especially British, syn·chro·nise .
- 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
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How to use synchronize in a sentence
To use the new tool, users need to synchronize their calendars with the service.Otter.ai expands automatic transcription assistant to Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Cisco Webex | Aisha Malik | August 26, 2021 | TechCrunch
The conscious mind produces neither the perfectly synchronized ripples of a stone lobbed into an imaginary pond nor the perfectly scrambled noise of an analog TV’s between-channel snow.The hunt for hidden signs of consciousness in unreachable patients | Russ Juskalian | August 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The British diver, who has been competing in the Olympics since he was 14 years old, won a gold medal last week in synchronized 10-m platform diving alongside his diving partner, Matty Lee.Tom Daley Has Unveiled His Olympic Knitting Masterpiece | Melissa Locker | August 6, 2021 | Time
Tom Daley’s gold medal win in synchronized platform diving made my heart soar.The 2021 Olympics Are an Inspiring, Infuriating Shitshow | Kevin Fallon | July 30, 2021 | The Daily Beast
You’ll never have to synchronize pushing play across time zones again.Here’s what’s coming in iOS 15: SharePlay, FaceTime, Focus modes, LiveText, and more | Billy Cadden | July 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
He had occupied some of his spare time in attempting to synchronize clocks from a standard clock.
This is used exclusively to synchronize the flow of information between a tape unit and the computer.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3) | Digital Equipment Corporation
Co-operation seemed impossible to synchronize in the East; one partner retreated whenever the other advanced.A Short History of the Great War | A. F. Pollard
If this should happen to synchronize with agrarian discontent, it would be impossible to foretell the issue.The Problem of China | Bertrand Russell
Fred has a telemagneto recorder there that he can synchronize with this outfit easily enough.Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for synchronize
(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 time: synchronize 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
- synchronization or synchronisation, noun
- synchronizer or synchroniser, noun
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