concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt, kän-\

Definition of concurrent

1 : operating or occurring at the same time
2a : running parallel
b : convergent specifically : meeting or intersecting in a point
3 : acting in conjunction
4 : exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities concurrent jurisdiction

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Other Words from concurrent

concurrent noun
concurrently adverb

Concurrent and Consecutive

Consecutive has a good deal in common with the complementary word concurrent. Besides the fact that both begin with the prefix con- (meaning “with, together”), each word deals with the time-order in which several things happen. Concurrent describes things that are occurring, or people who are doing something, at the same time, such as “concurrent users” of a computer program. Consecutive refers to things that are arranged or happen in a sequential order. A criminal who serves a consecutive sentence does time for one conviction after another. If that person gets a concurrent sentence, he or she undergoes all punishments at the same time.

What Does concurrent Really Mean?

Things that are concurrent usually not only happen at the same time but also are similar to each other. So, for example, multitasking computers are capable of performing concurrent tasks. When we take more than one medication at a time, we run the risks involved with concurrent drug use. And at any multiplex theater several movies are running concurrently.

Examples of concurrent in a Sentence

… the last two Mysore Wars in the 1790s, like the concurrent European wars against Revolutionary France, demonstrated Britain's capacity to reassert and reconfigure itself in the wake of crushing global defeats. — Linda Colley, Captives, 2002 Concurrent with the party conventions, an assortment of activists, professional pols and show-biz celebrities with populist pretensions … will gather for four days of speechifying, seminar giving and satirical merrymaking … — Andrew Ferguson, Time, 31 July 2000 Added to other evidence, this led to Cooke's conviction and a sentence of two concurrent twenty-year terms. — David Fisher, Hard Evidence, 1995 the concurrent use of two medications He's currently serving two concurrent life sentences for murder.
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The system will support 12 concurrent data streams to deliver four times the capacity per node compared to previous Orbi systems. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019 The same dynamic would be true for concurrent investigations by the Michigan Attorney General, the Michigan Legislature, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Michigan State Settles With the Victims of Larry Nassar's Abuse. How Might the NCAA Respond?," 18 May 2018 Yantai Jereh reached concurrent settlements with the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments over the allegations. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Chinese Oil-Field-Services Firm to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Sanctions Violations," 12 Dec. 2018 From a performance standpoint, the Spectra ISP can support 22 megapixels at 30 frames per second using concurrent dual cameras; or 48MP at 30fps using a single camera. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 That could usefully prevent the current scenario, where the president’s party holds concurrent majorities in Congress and, consequently, oversight just shuts down entirely. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Proportional representation could save America," 15 Oct. 2018 In the great actors, there’s always the concurrent contradictions of shyness and showmanship, and acute sensitivity and internal steel. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Nicole Kidman Makes Her Mark," 17 Sep. 2018 In 2006, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that, as a result of the policy of concurrent development, retrofitting aircraft with systems that were not fully functional or working as intended could be terribly expensive. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 But, as bike share successes such as Philadelphia’s Indego system have shown, a concurrent investment in infrastructure is often a big part of expanding transit equity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Bird scooters to offer discounted rides to low-income riders," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of concurrent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concurrent

Middle English concurant, concurrent, borrowed from Latin concurrent-, concurrens, present participle of concurrere "to assemble in haste, resort to in large numbers, collide, exist simultaneously, be in agreement" — more at concur

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concurrent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of concurrent

: happening at the same time

concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt \

Legal Definition of concurrent

1 : occurring, arising, or operating at the same time often in relationship, conjunction, association, or cooperation the power of taxation in the general and state governments is acknowledged to be concurrentMcCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819) a concurrent tortious act — see also concurrent cause at cause, concurrent sentence at sentence
2 : insuring the same property to the same extent under identical terms concurrent fire policies
3 : exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities — see also concurrent jurisdiction at jurisdiction, concurrent power at power sense 2a

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