concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The livestream from Billboard Live Tokyo kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, logging 14,815 concurrent viewers at its peak and 434,209 total views over the course of the evening. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Billboard Japan and TikTok’s ‘Live Beacon 2021’ Livestream Featured Seven Future J-Pop Stars," 15 Jan. 2021 As part of the deal, Bakkt will raise an additional $532 million from VPC’s funds and a concurrent capital raise. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Intercontinental Exchange’s Cryptocurrency Venture to Go Public Through a SPAC," 11 Jan. 2021 Researchers from corporations and academia publish papers together and rub elbows at the same conferences, with some researchers even holding concurrent positions at tech companies and universities. Alex Hanna, Wired, "Timnit Gebru’s Exit From Google Exposes a Crisis in AI," 31 Dec. 2020 Under the WarnerMedia plan, HBO Max will pay Warner Bros. a licensing fee for the 31-day concurrent rights. New York Times, "Trading Box Office for Streaming, but Stars Still Want Their Money," 7 Dec. 2020 Each account will include up to five user profiles and can support four concurrent streams. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Chip and Joanna’s Magnolia Network launches on Discovery+ with a new season of Fixer Upper," 4 Jan. 2021 The show was hosted across numerous online platforms, including Twitch and YouTube in the U.S., and a firm number of peak concurrent viewers is difficult to gauge, because many streamers have different reporting procedures. Los Angeles Times, "The Game Awards drew more than 83 million livestreams. Why that matters," 21 Dec. 2020 Mar said he was told by San Francisco police officials that two concurrent investigations were ongoing; both a traffic probe and an administrative investigation. SFChronicle.com, "SFPD patrol car hits, injures two cyclists after running red light, attorney says," 14 Dec. 2020 Publisher Epic Games said more than 15 million concurrent players participated. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "The new season of 'Fortnite' introduces The Mandalorian," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of concurrent was in the 14th century

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Concurrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concurrent. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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concurrent

adjective
How to pronounce concurrent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of concurrent

formal : happening at the same time

concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio) \

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

Other Words from concurrent

concurrently adverb

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