August 03, 2013
coincide (verb)
\koh-un-SYDE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to occupy the same place in space or time2 : to occupy the same positions on a scale3 : to agree exactly
How do you use it?
When we saw our neighbors at the botanical gardens, we realized their plans had coincided with ours and we all went into the butterfly exhibit together.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think means close to the same thing as "coincide"?

We think you'll agree that answer A is correct. "Agree," "concur," and "coincide" mean to come in into or be in harmony regarding a matter of opinion. "Agree" implies complete accord usually attained by discussion and adjustment of differences, as in "I know we can all agree." "Concur" tends to suggest cooperative thinking or acting toward an end. But sometimes it implies no more than approval (as of a decision reached by others), as for example, "My father concurs, so it's a deal." "Coincide," used more often of opinions, judgments, wishes, or interests than of people, implies an agreement amounting to identity, as in "Their wishes coincide exactly."
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