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synchronize with (someone or something)

1. To occur, operate, or function at the same time as someone or something else. On my signal, we'll synchronize with bravo team and strike the hideouts at exactly the same time. The various machines have to synchronize perfectly with one another in order for the assembly line to function correctly.
2. To coordinate and operate in unison with someone or something else. I want you to synchronize with Sarah on this project so that you are both making progress in tandem. The new app helps you synchronize with your employees around the globe.
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synchronize something with (something else)

to set or adjust something to coordinate its timing with something else. Would you please synchronize your watch with mine? We could never synchronize our schedules so that we could get together.
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* Suppliers and customers that need to keep in close touch can access each other's delivery, sales and inventory data as a way to synchronize their records.
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PocketJournal synchronizes Microsoft Outlook's Journal function, which allows handheld computer users to log phone calls, meetings and other activities into their handheld.
The most common East Coast backyard flasher, Photinus pyralis, may not synchronize for more than a few cycles at a time in the wild, but when confined in a laboratory cage, males can pick up the beat and flash with each other.
Questioning how fireflies synchronize "does not come easily to us as human beings because we accept our own ability to dance or to march in unison as being second nature," argued John Buck in his classic 1976 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN article.
O'Donnell's wasps, however, live in a cloud forest where colonies do not synchronize mating times.
Applying ideas developed by other researchers to explain how nerve cells synchronize their activity in response to a stimulus, Peskin examined the case of two oscillators -- representing two heart cells -- that influence each other via their own signals.
"That's actually a very strong conjecture -- that no matter how they were started, they would always synchronize," Strogatz says.
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The free app provides users the only way to automatically synchronize event video enabling the easy creation of seamless, multi-angle videos.
The new PartTrack system from Wittmann Inc., Torrington, Conn., synchronizes a part-removal robot with a moving mold half or conveyor belt.
Configured as a 6U VME board, it synchronizes up to eight modules, each receiving a common clock up to 2.2 GHz along with timing signals for synchronizing, triggering and gating functions.
One product, Migo (, has added a handy little extra: special software that synchronizes its stored data with the data on the computer it's plugged into.
The generic agent then synchronizes those files together, while still applying file-by-file synchronization to all other files on the system.
In addition, we loaded FileRunner, a handy DOS program that synchronizes files on multiple computers.
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