I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with respect to time.

Can I say "I conformed the status" if I want to say that I adjusted the system status to be active like the account status?

  • equalize is a good choice. Because you are making the statuses exactly equal. – ermanen Feb 11 '14 at 14:44

if I want to say that I adjusted the system status to be active like the account status?

How did it end up that it was not like the account status?

If it's because the account status changes, then synchronised is the perfect word because it does indeed relate to time; the changes that happen over time.


Reconciled; meaning to bring two things into agreement.

Coordinate; referring to the two together, you don't coordinate one thing, but you can coordinate a pair whether by changing both, or by only changing one.

Rectify; considering one to be incorrect, and hence the adjustment is a rectification.

Harmonise; as per coordinate.


What's wrong with synchronize? It doesn't just apply to time.

Oxford Dictionaries give as a non-time meaning Their version failed to synchronize with the police version

  • Indeed. Synchronising is often used when systems reconcile an offline datastore (eg mailbox) with an online one. – Andrew Leach Feb 11 '14 at 12:23

You could say "reconciled" or "put in sync".

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    What's 'sync' if not short for 'synchronize'? – WS2 Feb 11 '14 at 12:08
  • @WS2 Nothing. sir. I see nothing wrong with synchronise, personally - so I provide a non-literal alternative as well. And as most of us are in IT in some capacity I would imagine synchronise will seem reasonable to many. – d'alar'cop Feb 11 '14 at 12:13

How about you "aligned" the two statuses (or brought them into alignment):

to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position;

to change (something) so that it agrees with or matches something else


Harmonise (or harmonize) means to make (one thing) compatible with (another); (ref, #4).

The word has come into common usage with respect to reconciling or coordinating laws and tariffs, as described in this wiki article on the harmonization of law.

This document discusses the harmonization of accounting practices.

The Business Dictionary generalizes this to be

the adjustment of differences and inconsistencies among different measurements, methods, procedures, schedules, specifications, or systems to make them uniform or mutually compatible.

Another source has a similar definition:

Generally, harmonisation can be defined as “actions or processes that through matching and blending bring about agreement, reconciliation or standardization”.

Harmonisation is also used to describe the reconciliation of dat or information, as this source indicates:

Harmonization is to create the possibility to combine data from heterogeneous sources into integrated, consistent and unambiguous information products, in a way that is of no concern to the end-user.

Harmonise has become a buzzword in some circles, especially within the European Union and its governing bodies. So...


If you want to use something a little closer to the vernacular, you can try unify, which means to combine, merge, fuse or coalesce, to resolve conflicts and bring together into a single or common framework.

But I think coordinate or synchronize will be understood very well by anyone when it comes to unifying the common view of what the status of a project might be.


You said it yourself: You adjusted the status.

Another word that would work is match, as in

The status now matches the other one

  • if it's not only about a status, i believe leveling or equalizing would work as well. – npst Feb 11 '14 at 11:53
  • Adjust does not necessarily mean conformity. I might adjust it to something different. match is an option, but I need it as a verb. Can I say I matched the status. How common and acceptable is that? – Hawk Feb 11 '14 at 11:54

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