I'm struggling to find a better and less "harsh" word for synchronised.

I'm trying to convey a message of simplicity for our product which synchronizes viewing of documents on multiple iPads. (The same file opens up simultaneously on multiple iPads, ready to be discussed.)

Anybody has any ideas?

  • Welcome to the site. We will be better able to answer your question if you can edit your question to explain the context in which synchronize would sound "harsh," what thesaurus or other references you have already checked, and what you find lacking in those suggestions.
    – choster
    Oct 21, 2013 at 14:17
  • Simultaneously timed or integrated (in terms of timing) or better still harmonized (though it does not suit well to "digital" synchronisation you wish to send a message about). Anyway, you could have looked here thesaurus.com/browse/synchronize Oct 21, 2013 at 14:18
  • Thanks choster. I've checked with different references and I'm not completely happy with the alternatives. I understand that sometimes there are no alternatives. Synchronised sound technical and I believe people have a natural aversion towards overly technical words. Technical = harsh (to me at least) Oct 21, 2013 at 14:28
  • I beg to differ. That the word is technical is actually its strongest suit: it means exactly what you need. So use it. It is the ubiquitous, universally accepted, used and understood, precise term. People do not have a natural aversion to clear, concise language. What they do have a natural aversion to is wishy-washy mumbo-jumbo feel-good marketese. If what your product does is synchronize, then say just that and I'll be happy to hear it has that feature. If you start calling it harmonizing or jabberwocking instead, you will insult my intelligence and lose a potential customer.
    – RegDwigнt
    Oct 21, 2013 at 15:49
  • @RegDwigнt I do see Erik's standpoint. The simplest description is not necessarily the most concise description; but which best informs the customers should be Erik's decision. A 'patterned superhydrophobic aerofoil skin' is more technically accurate than a 'ice-repellent airplane wing' but will attract less customers in the headline of a business pamphlet. Indeed if the more technical term attracts you, then you have just fallen for a different form of targeted advertising - they get you coming and going. Oct 22, 2013 at 7:40

4 Answers 4


Not a perfect synonym - but how about: Shared


You could try coordinated, the past participle of coordinate...

  1. To harmonize in a common action or effort
  • +1 And why not harmonized?
    – bib
    Oct 21, 2013 at 14:42
  • @bib, because I'm fast asleep. Oct 21, 2013 at 14:45

Perhaps linked (since they are all linked to the same file)?

to connect by association, etc.

You could also use the phrase linked together, which is a bit redundant, but emphasizes the close connection.

  • I like linked, or even linked together. Thank you very much bib Oct 22, 2013 at 14:42

Fluidity. I was thinking of synchronized swimmers having symmetry and being fluid, but this may not be wholly correct as a lone word and is not past tense. But if applied to your need of various pages or windows coinciding with each other then fluidity works in my mind.

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