Definition of coordinate in English:


Pronunciation /kōˈôrdəˌnāt/ /koʊˈɔrdəˌneɪt/ /kōˈôrd(ə)nət/ /koʊˈɔrd(ə)nət/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Bring the different elements of (a complex activity or organization) into a relationship that will ensure efficiency or harmony.

    ‘he had responsibility for coordinating Chicago's transportation services’
    • ‘This option is, however, impractical for larger organizations where it is more cost effective to develop control rules as a means to coordinate the activities of organizational members.’
    • ‘This partnership has a key role in co-ordinating activities across public organisations, and it is through this group that transport issues affecting access to health care will be addressed.’
    • ‘A joint leadership group of officials from both organizations will coordinate these activities.’
    • ‘Sarda is an organisation which co-ordinates the advanced training of experienced mountain rescue personnel.’
    • ‘Many compliments were extended to Johnny Burke and Michael Mooney for all the work they put into organising and coordinating the entire venture.’
    • ‘He said the ability to coordinate complex projects depends on democratization and free markets, and only after democratic modernization would China be able to integrate systems.’
    • ‘KP coordinated the study, organised the questionnaires, carried out the interviews, and contributed to analysis.’
    • ‘To prove that wrong, facility officials are constantly coordinating activities that while culturally and intellectually engaging, are entertaining too.’
    • ‘The general manager said that he needed time to coordinate arrangements to bring in business, and promised to meet with shop owners again to discuss further plans.’
    • ‘All of these tasks are coordinated, controlled and regulated by an organ that is about the size of a small head of cauliflower: your brain.’
    • ‘These organisations co-ordinate the various campaigns that are taking place and raise awareness of the problems facing the shark.’
    • ‘‘For fiscal decentralization to be successful, a strong central government is needed to lead and coordinate the process,’ the report says.’
    • ‘The protesters are also coordinating actions outside the free-speech zone by sending text messages on their wireless phones.’
    • ‘Many ambulance services are now coordinated on a regional basis and claim that they cannot have local knowledge.’
    • ‘Together, they coordinated inbound and outbound surface movements.’
    • ‘As Internet technology improves, auditory and visual sensations will be more effectively coordinated with each other.’
    • ‘It coordinates and harmonises a person's skills and abilities for the realization of his dreams.’
    • ‘The company has co-ordinated over 3000 events of all sizes and varieties and its maritime division has been involved in a number of major maritime events.’
    • ‘In order to coordinate these efforts, an international research group was created.’
    • ‘The commission would be set up to promote and coordinate uniform rules among the states.’
    harmonize, correlate, interrelate, synchronize, bring together
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    1. 1.1no object Negotiate with others in order to work together effectively.
      ‘you will coordinate with consultants and other departments on a variety of projects’
      • ‘There are many people working together to plan, coordinate, and make the necessary preparations for the unit's activation.’
      • ‘The superintendent also has plans to coordinate with the police to cover areas that might be considered between jurisdictions.’
      • ‘As long as they don't directly coordinate with a political party, these groups are free to use unlimited contributions however they please.’
      • ‘Aid agencies need to be co-ordinating very effectively so they all know they are covering as much as possible.’
      • ‘We could pool our efforts, coordinating together to meet her needs, allowing her to integrate her two separate lives, providing for her the solid home she deserves.’
      • ‘Although the competition is four years away, already a steering committee has been set up to coordinate with the event organisers at a local level.’
      • ‘Within that we have a Greater China group, one of my jobs besides the in-house stuff is to coordinate with other organizations.’
      • ‘The plan also specifies how federal agencies are to coordinate with state and local governments and the private sector, and when Washington can step in to assume control of the response.’
      • ‘Instead, he said, they provide a chance to show that the two countries ‘have a shared interest in discussing and coordinating and working together on common issues.’’
      • ‘We will coordinate with Central Java Police to hunt them down.’
      • ‘The capacity to coordinate and interact effectively with government agencies also depends on the amount of social capital in state-community relations.’
      • ‘And they didn't coordinate with each other at all.’
      • ‘She said the subdistrict poll committee members had to be available at the secretariat to coordinate with the members of the 165 polling stations.’
      • ‘Being the chairman of the Indonesian Governors Association, he said, would make it easier for him to coordinate with the regions.’
      • ‘In the case of the Media Commission, the body is required by law to continue to coordinate with the US Embassy.’
      • ‘While serving in New York, he was appointed to a secret committee to coordinate with George Washington.’
      • ‘The FBI would have to coordinate with him, answer to him, or certainly send information to him.’
      • ‘We then coordinated with other agencies to ensure the command was aware of these activities.’
      • ‘Coordinating with these outside agencies proved to be more challenging than productive.’
      • ‘The amount is theoretically unlimited, but organizations must spend it without coordinating with candidates.’
      cooperate, collaborate, work together, work side by side, act together, act jointly, pull together, band together, come together, get together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, merge, amalgamate, pool resources, club together, make common cause, form an alliance, liaise
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    2. 1.2no object Match or harmonize attractively.
      ‘the stud fastenings are colored to coordinate with the shirt’
      • ‘Belts need to match or closely coordinate with your shoes.’
      • ‘The few flowers coordinate with leaf accent colors.’
      • ‘And they come in patterns and colors to coordinate with any decor.’
      • ‘It is not very practical to add a color that does not coordinate with anything else in the closet.’
      • ‘All shoes feature the athlete's name/nickname with colorways coordinated to match back with team colors.’
      • ‘Two of the styles are women's shirts that coordinate with men's styles.’
      • ‘Everything you need comes in one complete set, and is designed to match or coordinate perfectly.’
      • ‘For best results, match the basket hue to coordinate with linens or fabrics.’
      • ‘Or, you could use the wall color to make the rooms coordinate with one another.’
      • ‘It was surprisingly neat and clean, well decorated, full of good-looking furniture, and the colors were all coordinated.’
      • ‘And those colors coordinated perfectly with the garden I saw through my window.’
      • ‘Choose a fabric that coordinates with (not necessarily matches) that of other furnishings or window treatments.’
      • ‘The bedlinen in the main bedroom could be changed to co-ordinate with the rest of the colour scheme - at the moment it is a bit of a clash.’
      • ‘This way you'll be able to choose a color that coordinates with the new wall color and with the floral sofa (if they are to be in the same room.)’
      • ‘Otherwise, get a tie that coordinates with the jacket and the shirt.’
      • ‘They were very coordinated in the way that they maneuvered, like a well oiled team.’
      • ‘The universal appeal of flowers and their ability to coordinate with many decorating schemes make them a perennial favorite for hotels.’
      • ‘Of course, she would most likely also make some of her servants begin planning hairstyles that would coordinate with her gowns.’
      • ‘If you order them all at once, you can not only get a discount, but can make sure they coordinate well together.’
      • ‘In a natural pine finish, it can be left in its original state or painted to coordinate with your decor.’
      blend, blend in, fit in, harmonize, go, go well, go together, be compatible, be in tune
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  • 2Chemistry
    Form a coordinate bond to (an atom or molecule)

    ‘the sodium atom is coordinated to two oxygen atoms’
    • ‘In quartz, each silicon atom is coordinated to four oxygen atoms.’
    • ‘Despite the presence of sodium ions initially, no sodium ions are coordinated to this ‘cross-like’ structure after it forms.’
    • ‘These sequence patterns are confined to the regions adjacent to the residues which coordinate metal ions in the active center.’
    • ‘This is not believed very crucial because the ion is strongly coordinated by four residues.’
    • ‘We predict that this evolutionary change in animals would likely require a change in the conformation of the backbone to properly position the cysteine to coordinate the zinc ion.’


  • 1Equal in rank or importance.

    ‘cross references in the catalog link subjects that may be coordinate’
    • ‘Incidentally, someone asked me whether Judge Goodwin's reactions were unjudicial or showed undue contempt for coordinate branches of government.’
    • ‘By so deferring, we show proper respect to a coordinate branch of government.’
    • ‘Judicial contempt for the coordinate branches on this scale is simply staggering.’
    • ‘The President properly shouldn't attack members of one of the coordinate branches as a matter of course, and to a lesser degree the same holds in reverse.’
    1. 1.1Grammar (of parts of a compound sentence) equal in rank and fulfilling identical functions.
      ‘The linked units that result are said to be coordinated or coordinate: for example, a coordinate clause.’
      • ‘A coordinate construction of the form ‘A, or B, and both’ is neither grammatical nor clearly interpretable.’
      • ‘We're supposed to express coordinate ideas in parallel form.’
      • ‘See what you think (the square brackets indicate the coordinate constituents).’
  • 2Chemistry
    Denoting a type of covalent bond in which one atom provides both the shared electrons.

    ‘However, in a more restricted sense, complex ions are charged species in which a metal atom is joined by coordinate covalent bonds to neutral molecules and/or negative ions.’
    • ‘The particles have functional sites for forming a hydrogen bond or a coordinate covalent bond.’


  • 1Each of a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line, or plane.

    ‘It happened when he came across a theorem which stated that points in the plane could be specified with a single coordinate.’
    • ‘The points at sea-level were all lined up: the east-west coordinate was the same for every point.’
    • ‘Basically, the fifth coordinate was not observable but was a physical quantity that was conjugate to the electrical charge.’
    • ‘The x coordinate of a vertex represents the location of one token, and the y coordinate represent the location of another token at the same time.’
    • ‘There's a good way to sketch this out on a napkin, where the energy of the system is the Y coordinate of a graph.’
    • ‘They will then automatically receive a return message stating the name of the park area and the map coordinate of their child's position in the park.’
    • ‘In addition, the left window shows the current x coordinate while the right one shows the y coordinate.’
    • ‘He turned back to the screen before him and frantically went about putting in the final coordinate for the place they were in.’
    • ‘The address becomes much more like a Social Security number than a street coordinate.’
    • ‘The zero coordinate for each linkage group is shown as a bar to the left of each vertical line.’
    • ‘It might be thought that a sensible choice for the vertical coordinate would be pressure.’
    • ‘So despite the absence of the third coordinate, this analysis is valid in three dimensions.’
    • ‘It is a pleasure to note that all the plans have a north-point an essential co-ordinate for their interpretation.’
    • ‘Somebody draws a simple image and assigns it a coordinate.’
    • ‘Analogously, the altitude coordinate was used to calculate the vertical speed.’
    • ‘The most difficult part of this process turned out to be converting the grid coordinate from military to latitude and longitude.’
    • ‘These were Newton's words when he used time as an important coordinate in the laws of mechanics that he described so accurately.’
    • ‘This allows the three-dimensional equations to be reduced to a one-dimensional equation of one coordinate of radius, r.’
    • ‘The students draw a trip line with any stop as the benchmark, which is assigned the coordinate zero.’
    • ‘A coordinate used by the military fixed the site at 40 to 50 miles south of the Cambodian border.’
  • 2coordinatesMatching items of clothing.

    ‘matching accessories provide a complete ensemble of color coordinates’
    • ‘As a testament to the camp shirt's ongoing popularity, manufacturers and suppliers continue to provide new twists on camp shirt colors, coordinates and styles for 2004.’
    • ‘Outrageously colored coats of layered fabrics were worn over ugly, contradictory coordinates.’
    outfit, costume, suit, coordinates, matching separates, set of clothes
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Mid 17th century (in the senses ‘of the same rank’ and ‘place in the same rank’): from co-‘together’ + Latin ordinare (from ordo ‘order’), on the pattern of subordinate.