Definition of synchronize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkrənʌɪz/
(also synchronise)


[with object]
1Cause to occur or operate at the same time or rate: soldiers used watches to synchronize movements
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  • The goal is to ensure that all movement is synchronized to meet operations and logistics timelines.
  • Even when all his pistons were synchronised and operating precisely, Jones did not like to take chances.
  • All the cuts, all the ski strokes, all the movements are synchronized with the tempo of the sound.
1.1 [no object] Occur at the same time or rate: their breathing slowly synchronized
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  • They breathe in time with the listener, pulses synchronising, heart rate slowing.
  • Joshua laid his head on her shoulder, listening as her heavy breathing synchronized with his.
  • The mandible, or lower jaw, rocks slowly back and forth to aid and synchronize with this process.
1.2Adjust (a clock or watch) to show the same time as another: It is now 05.48. Synchronize watches
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  • The theory should also help in the design of quantum techniques for synchronizing atomic clocks aboard satellites, which keep slightly different times because of their relative motion.
  • My guys synchronise their watches with the atomic clock.
  • These clocks are synchronized with a number of atomic standards on Earth to provide the highly precise time reference needed to locate objects precisely on or near Earth's surface.
1.3 [no object] Agree with something else: their version failed to synchronize with the police view
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  • And now, this is called by some as ‘sophisticated conservatism’ because this section's attitude synchronises with the prevalent trend elsewhere, but without being boorish or flamboyant.
  • The Tamil paper realises the importance of presenting business news in a simple and lucid style that also synchronises with the paper's overall character.
  • The best signature is one that synchronises with the rest of the script and not the one that stands apart from it, he says.
1.4 Computing Cause (a set of data or files) to remain identical in more than one location: you can synchronize your calendar with your GPS device and be alerted when you need to leave for an appointment
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  • With Messages already available as part of iOS 5, conversations are synchronized across your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
  • It automatically analyzes, synchronizes, and backs up your emails, precious family photos, contacts, MP3s, financial documents, and other important files locally - between desktops, laptops, servers, external drives, and Windows Mobile devices, as well as remotely with FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 servers.
  • Users can highlight text and move it onto a note-taking platform of choice, or take notes right inside the browser that are synchronized across devices.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkrənʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • Inside the S700i is a media player, FM receiver, sound recorder, games, internet browser, mail client, address book synchroniser, and many ways to connect with computers and televisions.
  • And, since it's likely to be abused at least part of the time, Honda engineers fitted the six-speed with triple-cone synchronizers on the first two gears, and double-cone units on the rest.
  • As the aircraft was cleared to FL 160, the pilots started their landing checks, during which there was a question about the synchronizers.

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