The word coordinate is all about getting things in order. Are your ducks in a row? Well, then you know what it means to coordinate something. And if you know exactly where to drop the bomb, then you know what the coordinates are.

Coordinate is one of those words that can mean very different things but is rarely misunderstood in context. It’s a great way to describe the work of organizing, planning, and strategizing. When synchronizing the needs of two distinct groups, for instance, it is necessary to coordinate priorities and schedules. And as you speed down the highway, listening to the serene voice on your GPS announce the coordinates of your destination, chances are you don’t think she’s organizing resources.

Definitions of coordinate
  1. adjective
    of equal importance, rank, or degree
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  2. verb
    bring order and organization to
    synonyms: organise, organize
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    give a structure to
    interlock, mesh
    coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
    reconstitute, restructure
    construct or form anew or provide with a new structure
    type of:
    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  3. verb
    bring into common action, movement, or condition
    coordinate the painters, masons, and plumbers”
    coordinate his actions with that of his colleagues”
    coordinate our efforts”
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    care, deal, handle, manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  4. verb
    bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable correlation
    synonyms: align, ordinate
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    align imperfectly or badly
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    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  5. verb
    be co-ordinated
    “These activities coordinate well”
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    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
  6. noun
    a number that identifies a position relative to an axis
    synonyms: co-ordinate
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    Cartesian coordinate
    one of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes
    polar coordinate
    either of two values that locate a point on a plane by its distance from a fixed pole and its angle from a fixed line passing through the pole
    one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
    the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
    the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis
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    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
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