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From Ancient Greek συγχρονίζω (sunkhronízō).


  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋ.kɹə.naɪːz/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋ.kɹə.naɪz/
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synchronize (third-person singular simple present synchronizes, present participle synchronizing, simple past and past participle synchronized) (American spelling, Oxford British English)

  1. (transitive) To cause two or more events or actions to happen at exactly the same time or same rate, or in a time-coordinated way.
    1. (intransitive) To occur at the same time or with coordinated timing.
      • 1839, Thomas De Quincey, Philosophy of Roman History:
        The path of this great empire, through its arch of progress, synchronized with that of Christianity.
    2. (transitive) To cause (video and audio) to play in a coordinated way.
  2. (transitive) To set (a clock or watch) to display the same time as another.
    We synchronized our watches and agreed to meet at four o'clock precisely.
  3. (computing, transitive, intransitive) To cause (a set of files, data, or settings) on one computer or device to be (and try to remain) the same as on another.
  4. (intransitive, of inanimate entities) To agree, be coordinated with, or complement well.
  5. (transitive) To coordinate or combine.

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