Definition of synchronize in US English:


(British synchronise)


[with object]
  • 1Cause to occur or operate at the same time or rate.

    ‘soldiers used watches to synchronize movements’
    ‘synchronize your hand gestures with your main points’
    • ‘You can select music to accompany your digital photo album and synchronize background sound with pictures.’
    • ‘The results showed lower blood pressure and body temperature, slower heart rate, and more synchronized brain-wave patterns.’
    • ‘Hips tended to be synchronized with the movements of the board during the first few trials, but seemed to act more independently latter in practice.’
    • ‘Scientists think the courtship behavior is designed to synchronize the movements of the two animals so that the male can receive the eggs when the female is ready to deposit them.’
    • ‘For example, speakers who synchronise their hand movements with their words communicate more effectively.’
    • ‘They all turned to me as if their movement was synchronized.’
    • ‘Educational toys help your child learn to grab, pull, push, synchronize the movement of the head with that of the hand.’
    • ‘The Railways have to synchronise the movement of all these trains, which in turn delays the BCC work underneath the bridge, " said a BCC engineer.’
    • ‘Because the camera is aimed at the dancers' feet when the sound begins, it takes a few moments to realize that the sound is not synchronized.’
    • ‘It plays a role, therefore, in synchronizing the rates of transcription and translation.’
    • ‘Movements were synchronized with exceptional accuracy and the footwork added powerful rhythmic time cycles.’
    • ‘Even when all his pistons were synchronised and operating precisely, Jones did not like to take chances.’
    • ‘Film had been successfully synchronized to sound by 1927, when The Jazz Singer premiered with music chosen and performed by Al Jolson.’
    • ‘For sixty-four bars he synchronizes his every movement with Fred, playing flawlessly before a camera that runs nonstop, until he's no longer giving a dancelike performance at a shoeshine stand, but dancing.’
    • ‘All the cuts, all the ski strokes, all the movements are synchronized with the tempo of the sound.’
    • ‘Airplane and ship movements must be synchronized with major training events, force modernization efforts and pre-planned force rotation dates.’
    • ‘The goal is to ensure that all movement is synchronized to meet operations and logistics timelines.’
    • ‘The sounds, screams, and even our movements were synchronized.’
    • ‘The most satisfying moment is when the audience synchronise their lip movement with my singing.’
    • ‘Your arm and leg movements should be synchronized, moving up and down together at the same time and at the same speed as if they are attached.’
    concurrent, happening at the same time, done at the same time, contemporaneous, concomitant, coinciding, coincident, synchronous, synchronized, synchronic
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    1. 1.1no object Occur at the same time or rate.
      ‘sometimes converging swells will synchronize to produce a peak’
      • ‘Joshua laid his head on her shoulder, listening as her heavy breathing synchronized with his.’
      • ‘What I know is that their heartbeats and breathing synchronized, their faces took on the exact same dazed and painful expression.’
      • ‘Each man would throw his rifle in the air, catch it with one hand, fire one round and stamp feet, synchronising with the drums.’
      • ‘As much as it pains me to be fair to Kissinger, he isn't the only public figure whose travel plans mysteriously synchronize with bad news.’
      • ‘The monthly cycles of women living together have also been known to synchronize.’
      • ‘The mandible, or lower jaw, rocks slowly back and forth to aid and synchronize with this process.’
      • ‘There was no discussion of that article or any plan to synchronize in any way.’
      • ‘They breathe in time with the listener, pulses synchronising, heart rate slowing.’
    2. 1.2 Adjust (a clock or watch) to show the same time as another.
      ‘It is now 5:48. Synchronize watches’
      • ‘I knew we should have synchronized our watches…’
      • ‘On October 1, at noon, everyone synchronised their watches.’
      • ‘Friday night came and in the absence of a digital watch I synchronised my mobile phone clock.’
      • ‘To achieve global synchronization, we designed a feature in the communications processor to synchronize the clock in each processing node.’
      • ‘However, while synchronizing distant clocks is a problem, they nonetheless run at the same intrinsic rates as each other when held in the same inertial frame.’
      • ‘All watches are synchronised to ensure all games start at the same time to ensure nobody has an unfair advantage.’
      • ‘In practice, a third satellite is needed to synchronise your receiver's clock with a common standard time which is adhered to strictly by the clocks on board all the satellites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the entire sniping team and Sue's team assembled, they synchronized their watches and began to maintain radio silence.’
      • ‘We synchronize our watches and hatch our plan and wait.’
      • ‘Various ideas were proposed and implemented - though most did not work well - to synchronize clocks within cities and thereby eliminate annoying discrepancies between different city clocks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They simply have to synchronize the real-time clock of their Linux machine with such an insanely precise clock.’
      • ‘Before take-off the scientists synchronized the on-board clocks with a land-based clock, and after landing they checked to see if the on-board units still showed the same time as the land-based one.’
      • ‘It's also a very accurate watch that's synchronized to an atomic clock.’
      • ‘A phase lock loop is responsible for synchronizing the system clock and the core clock so the chip set works properly, Krewell says.’
      • ‘My guys synchronise their watches with the atomic clock.’
      • ‘They define a standard atomic clock using periodic electromagnetic processes in atoms, then use electromagnetic signals to synchronize clocks that are far from the standard clock.’
      • ‘For instance, subsystems made by suppliers may lack the interfaces needed to synchronize their clocks with host clocks made by original equipment manufacturers.’
      control, adjust, manage, balance, set, modulate, tune
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    3. 1.3no object Tally; agree.
      ‘their version failed to synchronize with the police view’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 best signature is one that synchronises with the rest of the script and not the one that stands apart from it, he says.’
      coincide, happen together, occur together, happen simultaneously, occur simultaneously, happen at the same time, occur at the same time, be simultaneous, be concurrent, coexist
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    4. 1.4Computing 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’
      • ‘With Messages already available as part of iOS 5, conversations are synchronized across your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.’
      • ‘It will allow users to store files online and synchronise files across machines, including tablets.’
      • ‘Your data is automatically synchronized with your online account, and therefore accessible to all Macs on your network.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5 Coordinate; combine.
      ‘both media synchronize national interests with multinational scope’
      • ‘As for the regional government, policy support is needed in the form of regional regulations, synchronized with the positive values of nagari governance.’
      • ‘As mission requirements are identified, the two staffs must coordinate and synchronize combat multipliers and support requirements.’
      • ‘The JCC coordinates and synchronizes the activities of security and emergency response forces within a city or region and provides the command and control infrastructure for security.’
      • ‘It tracks the current fight, plans the next fight, synchronizes brigade resources, coordinates with higher headquarters, and a lot more.’
      • ‘Economics and politics are not synchronized very well and that is working to the disadvantage of economics.’