- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of synchronize
Examples from the Web for synchronize
After the two circuits have been adjusted to the same frequency they are said to synchronize.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
He saw little of Johnnie thereafter, for their hours did not synchronize.The Flying Reporter
Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
But is it necessary to synchronize the events of the story so closely?It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
It must have been a terrible job to synchronize those two alternators, commented Joe.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass
It was almost impossible to synchronize the three engines, and the beat was almost unbearable.
- (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
Word Origin and History for synchronize
1620s, "to occur at the same time," from Greek synchronizein "be of the same time," from synchronos "happening at the same time" (see synchronous). The sense of "make synchronous" is first recorded 1806. Synchronized swimming is recorded from 1950.