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coordinate Syllabification: co·or·di·nate

Definition of coordinate in English:


Pronunciation: /kōˈôrdəˌnāt/
[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
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  • 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.
organize, arrange, order, systematize, harmonize, correlate, synchronize, bring together, fit together, dovetail
1.1 [no object] Negotiate with others in order to work together effectively: you will coordinate with consultants and other departments on a variety of projects
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  • 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.
co-operate, liaise, collaborate, work together, negotiate, communicate, be in contact
1.2 [no object] Match or harmonize attractively: the stud fastenings are colored to coordinate with the shirt (as adjective coordinating) a variety of coordinating colors
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  • 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.
match, complement, set off;
harmonize, blend, fit in, go
2 Chemistry Form a coordinate bond to (an atom or molecule): the sodium atom is coordinated to two oxygen atoms
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /kōˈôrd(ə)nət/
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1Equal in rank or importance: cross references in the catalog link subjects that may be coordinate
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  • 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.
1.1 Grammar (Of parts of a compound sentence) equal in rank and fulfilling identical functions.
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  • 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.
2 Chemistry Denoting a type of covalent bond in which one atom provides both the shared electrons.
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /kōˈôrd(ə)nət/
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1 Mathematics Each of a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line, or plane.
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  • 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.
2 (coordinates) Matching items of clothing.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /kōˈôrdəˌnādiv/
Example sentences
  • Oxfam's strong feeling is that the UN offers a legitimate, coordinative effort which - if it were to disappear - would only be replaced by confusion.
  • David Beaver had meanwhile gone beyond this, citing a complete coordinative listing of the 230 members of a high school graduating class.
  • A large section of the economics profession concluded that government fine-tuning did more to destabilize the economy than to provide positive coordinative benefits.


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.

  • This was first recorded with the senses ‘of the same rank’ and ‘place in the same rank’. It is formed from the prefix co- ‘together’ and the Latin base ordo ‘order’. From this root come inordinate (Late Middle English) ‘not ordered’ and subordinate (Late Middle English) ‘below in order’.

Words that rhyme with coordinate

subordinate • inordinate, subordinate, superordinate
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