Definition of coordination in US English:



  • 1The organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.

    ‘both countries agreed to intensify efforts at economic policy coordination’
    • ‘Other measures can also be implemented while a separate plan for organizing coordination can be drawn up.’
    • ‘What the architect brings to the process is the co-ordination of the various design elements.’
    • ‘One volunteer state coordinator is selected to manage communication and coordination of volunteer activities.’
    • ‘The centre is linked to all the municipalities in the district and co-ordination of activities will come from the centre, should disaster strike.’
    • ‘Joint planning, management, and coordination of policy are essential.’
    • ‘The survey showed there was improvement in areas such as planning of school places and co-ordination of the admission process, which were disappointing last year.’
    • ‘The truly valuable European expertise is in the coordination and operation of multinational, hi-tech projects.’
    • ‘But once the coordination and holdout problems are overcome, much work has to be done to prevent massive abuses from working their way into the system.’
    • ‘Plant adaptation to stress is mediated by multiple signalling pathways that allow the co-ordination of growth and primary assimilation processes in shoots and roots.’
    • ‘Therefore a discussion of the coordination of federal, state, and local law enforcement can only take place within those parameters.’
    • ‘Initially the object was coordination with the activities of Indian National Congress in the struggle for freedom of the country.’
    • ‘He also will be involved in statewide coordination of precision agriculture activities.’
    • ‘The first level criticism of socialism is that private property in the means of production is a necessary condition for the coordination of economic activity.’
    • ‘Complex activities requiring extensive coordination and control of large numbers of people have been accomplished throughout history, but there have not always been managers to do them.’
    • ‘The Battalions have also taken the lead in the coordination of building new classrooms, offices, and other facilities with heavy reliance on temporary modular structures.’
    • ‘The results have implications for the design of high-stress work environments such as the coordination of fire-fighting operations.’
    • ‘The authors concluded that the coordination of estimating procedures using the available state and local government data could reduce the size of these discrepancies.’
    • ‘Previously director of engineering, Schultz will be responsible for the direction and coordination of all manufacturing activities.’
    • ‘She will be responsible for the flow of information between the marketing and sales departments and the coordination of marketing and training materials.’
    • ‘Labour's health policy noted the adoption of a Youth Health Action Plan to ensure better co-ordination of policies and services addressing youth and pre-school health issues.’
    organization, planning, plans, management, arrangement, administration, masterminding, direction, orchestration, regimentation, engineering, execution, handling, running
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    1. 1.1 Cooperative effort resulting in an effective relationship.
      ‘action groups work in coordination with local groups to end rainforest destruction’
      • ‘This is the task undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme in coordination with the Government of India.’
      • ‘Both surveys demonstrated room for improvement and need for coordination between medical partners.’
      • ‘Another major goal is to get cooperation and coordination between ASNE and other journalism groups.’
      • ‘Near-to-perfect coordination between clients, contractors and architects is maintained.’
      • ‘The essence, according to them, was better coordination between a manufacturer and its suppliers to eliminate unnecessary spending.’
      • ‘Use of the buildings, such as for social, tourism, education, science, culture, or religious purposes, must also be in coordination with the agency, she said.’
      • ‘Richman's call for coordination between national and local governments and his insistence that civil liberties must be protected in this process are both persuasive.’
      • ‘An atmosphere of mutual understanding, and coordination between both types of resistance should prevail.’
      • ‘The inability of our MPs to put pressure on the Railway Minister and lack of coordination between the State Government and the Opposition have led to the present state of affairs.’
      • ‘The coordination between Suffolk County and federal agents is relatively new.’
      • ‘Each collective sortie should be used to train and develop teamwork and coordination between staffs.’
      • ‘The teams and LRS operations staff in coordination with every unit involved in the operation participated in the rehearsals.’
      • ‘Because few things are more important than effective liaison and coordination between ours and our allies intelligence services.’
      • ‘We need some form of coordination between all parties involved in such events to ensure that the public is getting reasonable information in an understandable format.’
      • ‘In this field, there has to be far greater cooperation and coordination between a whole range of actors and the development of a series of realistic joint projects.’
      • ‘We're keeping a nearly round-the-clock watch on Kreigler and his top associates in coordination with the local authorities.’
      • ‘Well, you know, they're independent and they're very well funded and there's no coordination between what the campaigns are doing and what these groups are doing.’
      • ‘‘We applaud the efforts to improve co-ordination and co-operation,’ State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.’
      • ‘A bi-national state requires a minimum of cooperation and coordination between equal partners, an option that we do not have at this point in time.’
      • ‘With many police forces only having a part-time computer crime unit there can be little effective coordination between forces.’
      collaboration, working together, joint action, combined effort, teamwork, mutual support, partnership, coopetition, liaison, association, synergy, unity, concurrence, concord, accord, understanding, give and take, compromise
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  • 2The ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently.

    ‘changing from one foot position to another requires coordination and balance’
    • ‘The classes will help improve coordination, self discipline and confidence.’
    • ‘Or, if you like, a great soccer player is someone who will have very good acceleration, good strength, good eye sight and good coordination.’
    • ‘The youngsters undertake a wide range of activities as well as all sorts of tests and examinations, to find out about their hearing, sight, co-ordination, breathing and many other things.’
    • ‘We try to address many different goals through art lessons, including increased fine motor coordination, visual perception skills and the ability to follow directions.’
    • ‘The car encourages children to combine imagination and muscle power with balance and co-ordination.’
    • ‘It doesn't work with my voice recognition software, and it requires a level of co-ordination that many older or disabled people just won't have.’
    • ‘Because alcohol affects alertness, judgment, coordination, and reaction time, drinking increases the risk of falls and accidents.’
    • ‘Balance, gait, and motor coordination are also severely affected.’
    • ‘That would seem to require either perfect coordination of two fins of widely differing shape and size, or a trick that somehow imparts stability to the fish without slowing it down.’
    • ‘In addition to a headache, brain tumors almost always cause problems with coordination, balance, speech, sight, and walking.’
    • ‘It becomes apparent in early childhood as a difficulty in learning or when children are carrying out skills that require co-ordination.’
    • ‘Swing-around requires little coordination, other than that players observe the tenet of never dribbling more than three times before they pick up and pass.’
    • ‘At higher doses, other problems can include drowsiness, poor coordination, dizziness or double vision.’
    • ‘It's no different from learning to ride a bike: Your dad first has to help stabilize you until you develop the coordination to do everything on your own.’
    • ‘For no apparent reason, the Dublin girl gradually lost her speech, power and co-ordination in front of her baffled and heartbroken family over the next 18 months.’
    • ‘Being cold can also affect your dexterity, co-ordination and ability to think.’
    • ‘It attacks toddlers' balance, co-ordination, speech and immune systems.’
    • ‘Although this would not have caused death it could have impaired their attention, concentration, co-ordination and ability to make reasoned decisions.’
    • ‘She hadn't the strength, nor the coordination to pull on the gloves with her joints being so stiff, so she breathed upon her palms and felt the warm air lightly burn her skin.’
    • ‘I realise computer games are supposed to improve hand-eye co-ordination and develop strategy and problem-solving ability.’
  • 3Chemistry
    The linking of atoms by coordinate bonds.

    • ‘In either case, the new structure represents an interesting and unique case of metal coordination in enzyme catalysis.’
    • ‘For each shell water, approximately two coordination sites are replaced by glycerol molecules, leaving the overall coordination constant.’
    • ‘The energy shift is a function of the mass of the involved atoms and the binding strength and coordination, so every chemical species shows its own, distinct fingerprint.’
    • ‘This network of calcium coordination is observed to be stable with the two water molecules maintaining coordination with the calcium ion throughout the simulation period.’
    • ‘But what about using the metal coordination of the DNA building blocks (or simple derivatives thereof) as a tool to construct new molecular architectures?’


Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘placing in the same rank’): from French or from late Latin coordinatio(n-), based on Latin ordo, ordin- ‘order’.