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 2020 Writers Guild Awards will take place during concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles on Feb. 1. Marcus Jones,, "Knives Out, Parasite among Writers Guild Awards nominees," 6 Jan. 2020 Each sentence is to run consecutively - rather than concurrent. Carol Robinson |, al, "Disgraced Alabama evangelist tried to contact young sex abuse victims from jail, prosecutors say," 2 Jan. 2020 According to medical examiner Kristin Sweeney, the cause of Kimberly Mironovas’ death was the concurrent cause of strangulation and multiple knife wounds to her neck. Christine Pelisek,, "Maine Mom Was Murdered by Her Teen Son and His Friends Over Argument About Marijuana," 20 Dec. 2019 That should allow the agency to study black holes with two concurrent missions, a gravitational wave detector and an x-ray observatory. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Space budget boost puts Europe in lead to monitor carbon from space," 5 Dec. 2019 That Spectra could also capture 22 megapixels at 30 frames per second using concurrent dual cameras; or 48MP at 30fps using a single camera. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 865 mobile chip focuses on 5G," 3 Dec. 2019 Officials suspect Fieramusca faked a pregnancy to run concurrent with Broussard’s, created online baby registries, waited for Broussard to give birth, then kidnapped Broussard and newborn Margot. Aaricka Washington, USA TODAY, "Heidi Broussard’s infant daughter reunites with father after kidnapping," 24 Dec. 2019 The defensive falloff runs concurrent with a dip in possession time on offense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's 4th-quarter breakdowns a big reason for downturn," 19 Nov. 2019 His federal sentence will run concurrent to sentences Hessler, 47, receives for charges pending against him in state court in Rockville and Hartford. David Owens,, "Ellington man accused of sexually assaulting child pleads guilty to producing child pornography, faces 30 years in prison," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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“Concurrent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concurrent

formal : happening at the same time


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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