AskDefine | Define coordination

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1 the skillful and effective interaction of movements [ant: incoordination]
2 the regulation of diverse elements into an integrated and harmonious operation
3 the grammatical relation of two constituents having the same grammatical form

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Alternative forms


  • (Canada) /koʊˌɔrdɪˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


From coordinationem (nominative of coordinatio), from coordinare.


  1. the act of coordinating, making different people or things work together for a goal or effect.
    • 1919: Robert W. Chambers, In Secret
      Then there's the State Service and the police and several other services. And there is no proper co-ordination, no single head for all these agencies.
  2. the resulting state of working together; cooperation; synchronization
    • 1900: Irving Bacheller, Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country
      We stood dodging each other a moment with that unfortunate co-ordination of purpose men sometimes encounter when passing each other.
  3. the ability to coordinate one's senses and physical movements in order to act skillfully.
    • I'm terrible at sports -- I have no coordination.
  4. In the context of "possibly archaic": the state of being equal in rank or power.
    • c. 1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      There are two possible modes of unity in a State; one by absolute coordination of each to all, and of all to each; the other by subordination of classes and offices.
  5. an equal joining together two or more phrases or clauses, for example, using and, or, or but.
  6. The reaction of one or more ligands with a metal ion to form a coordination compound



  • Danish: koordination
  • Finnish: yhteensovittaminen, koordinointi
  • French: coordination
  • German: Koordination
  • Hebrew: תיאום (ti'um)
  • Italian: coordinazione
  • Norwegian:
    Bokmål: koordinasjon
    Nynorsk: koordinasjon
  • Spanish: coordinación



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Extensive Definition

Coordination is the act of coordinating, making different people or things work together for a goal or effect.
Coordination may also refer to:
coordination in Afrikaans: Koördinering
coordination in Spanish: Coordinación
coordination in French: Coordination
coordination in Galician: Coordinación
coordination in Italian: Coordinazione
coordination in Hebrew: קואורדינציה
coordination in Serbian: Координација

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