coordinate

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.

Primary Meanings of coordinate

1.
adj
of equal importance, rank, or degree
2.
v
bring order and organization to
3.
n
a number that identifies a position relative to an axis
Full Definitions of coordinate
1

adj of equal importance, rank, or degree

Synonyms:
equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
2

v bring order and organization to

Synonyms:
organise, organize
Types:
structure
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

v bring into common action, movement, or condition

coordinate the painters, masons, and plumbers”
coordinate his actions with that of his colleagues”
coordinate our efforts”
Type of:
care, deal, handle, manage
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

v bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable correlation

Synonyms:
align, ordinate
Types:
misalign
align imperfectly or badly
Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v be co-ordinated

“These activities coordinate well”
Type of:
conform to, fit, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction
3

n a number that identifies a position relative to an axis

Synonyms:
co-ordinate
Types:
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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
dimension
one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
abscissa
the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
ordinate
the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis
Type of:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

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