Meaning of COORDINATE in English

I. kō-ˈȯrd-nət; -ˈȯr-də-nət, -də-ˌnāt adjective

Etymology: probably back-formation from coordination

Date: 1641


a. : equal in rank, quality, or significance

b. : being of equal rank in a sentence

coordinate clauses

2. : relating to or marked by coordination


a. : being a university that awards degrees to men and women taught usually by the same faculty but attending separate classes often on separate campuses

b. : being one of the colleges and especially the women's branch of a coordinate university

4. : of, relating to, or being a system of indexing by two or more terms so that documents may be retrieved through the intersection of index terms

• co·or·di·nate·ly adverb

• co·or·di·nate·ness noun

II. kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt verb

( -nat·ed ; -nat·ing )

Date: 1665

transitive verb

1. : to put in the same order or rank

2. : to bring into a common action, movement, or condition : harmonize

we need to coordinate our schedules

3. : to attach so as to form a coordination complex

intransitive verb

1. : to be or become coordinate especially so as to act together in a smooth concerted way

2. : to combine by means of a coordinate bond

• co·or·di·na·tive kō-ˈȯrd-nə-tiv; -ˈȯr-də-nə-tiv, -də-ˌnā- adjective

• co·or·di·na·tor -ˈȯr-də-ˌnā-tər noun

III. same as 1 noun

Date: 1806


a. : any of a set of numbers used in specifying the location of a point on a line, on a surface, or in space

b. : any one of a set of variables used in specifying the state of a substance or the motion of a particle or momentum

2. : one who is of equal rank, authority, or importance with another

3. plural : articles (as of clothing) designed to be used together and to attain their effect through pleasing contrast (as of color, material, or texture)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.