Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To occur at the same time; be simultaneous.
  • intransitive v. To operate in unison.
  • transitive v. To cause to occur or operate with exact coincidence in time or rate: We synchronized our watches.
  • transitive v. To cause to occur or operate at the same time as something else: They synchronized their trip with the annual tulip festival.
  • transitive v. To arrange (historical events) in a synchronism so as to indicate parallel occurrence.
  • transitive v. To cause (soundtrack and action) to match exactly in a film.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause two or more events to happen at exactly the same time, at the same rate, or in a time-coordinated way. To harmonize in regard to time.
  • v. To occur at the same time or with coordinated timing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To agree in time; to be simultaneous.
  • transitive v. To assign to the same date or period of time.
  • transitive v. To cause to agree in time

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To occur at the same time; agree in time.
  • To cause to be synchronous; make to agree in time of occurrence.
  • To cause to indicate the same time, as one timepiece with another; regulate or control, as a clock, by a standard timepiece, such as the chief clock in an observatory.
  • Also spelled synchronise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make synchronous and adjust in time or manner
  • v. operate simultaneously
  • v. happen at the same time
  • v. make (motion picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action
  • v. arrange or represent events so that they co-occur
  • v. cause to indicate the same time or rate

Etymologies

Greek sunkhronizein, to be contemporary, from sunkhronos, contemporaneous; see synchronous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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