Definition of coordinate in English:

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(also co-ordinate)


Pronunciation: /kəʊˈɔːdɪneɪt/
[with object]
1Bring the different elements of (a complex activity or organization) into a harmonious or efficient relationship: he had responsibility for coordinating London’s transport 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.
harmonize, correlate, interrelate, synchronize, bring together;
fit together, mesh, dovetail;
organize, arrange, order, systematize
rare concert
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.
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;
conspire, connive, collude, work hand in glove
informal gang up
rare coact
1.2 [no object] Match or harmonize attractively: the stud fastenings are coloured to coordinate with the shirt (as adjective coordinating) a variety of coordinating colours
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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.
blend, blend in, fit in, harmonize, go, go well, go together, be compatible, be in tune;
match, suit, complement, set off
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: /kəʊˈɔːdɪnət/
1Equal in rank or importance: cross references in the catalogue link subjects which 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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: /kəʊˈɔːdɪnət/
1Each of a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line, or plane.
Example sentences
  • 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: matching accessories provide a complete ensemble of colour coordinates
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  • 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: /kəʊˈɔːdɪnətɪv/
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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Line breaks: co|ord¦in|ate

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