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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With all 25 tracks from Scorpion on the latest Hot 100, plus two others not from the set, Drake breaks his own record for the most concurrent entries in the Hot 100's 59-year history. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Here Are All of Drake's Record-Breaking 27 Songs on the Hot 100 This Week," 9 July 2018 Follow all the news and our live analysis on our liveblog, which will run concurrent to the video stream. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Watch the Google I/O 2018 Keynote Live," 8 May 2018 The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California. CBS News, "Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer and company, dubbed "online brothel," cop pleas," 13 Apr. 2018 The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California. Don Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Backpage and its CEO plead guilty to state, federal charges," 12 Apr. 2018 In the end, Boylan imposed two concurrent sentences of 45 years to life, making him eligible for parole at 62. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Why are juvenile lifers from Philly getting radically different sentences than those in the rest of Pennsylvania?," 10 July 2018 Salazar said the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a separate but concurrent internal affairs investigation on Nunez. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up," 18 June 2018 Salazar said the Bexar County Sheriff's Office is conducting a separate but concurrent internal affairs investigation on Nunez. Samantha Schmidt, Houston Chronicle, "Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up," 18 June 2018 Going forward, those press screenings will be held either concurrent with or after the film’s public gala screening, robbing journalists of their early access. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Day 3: Russian drama takes the stage at Cannes in the sweet 'Leto' and the scathing 'Donbass'," 11 May 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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