When things happen at the same time, they are said to coincide. Often, this is because they're intentionally coordinated — "the bake sale coincided with Parent Day" — but not always.

Coincide can also mean happen together in other ways. "My mother's views on appropriate teen fashion do not always coincide with mine" is a tactful way to say she hates your clothes. You could also describe two roads coming together as coinciding — though it's more poetic to talk about when they diverge.

Definitions of coincide
  1. verb
    happen simultaneously
    “The two events coincided
    synonyms: concur
  2. verb
    go with; fall together
    synonyms: co-occur, cooccur
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    coincide partially or wholly
    have in common
    type of:
    exist together
  3. verb
    be the same
    “our views on this matter coincided
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    type of:
    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
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