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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web British computer scientist Tony Hoare is the man behind multiple fundamental advances in programming languages, algorithms, operating systems, formal verification, and concurrent computing, among other achievements. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 The two concurrent developments mean that global emissions fell by about 1% in the first half of 2022, even as power demand increased by 2.5% and European nations turned to coal in a bid to wean themselves off Russian natural gas. Sha Hua, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 The surge gives the song a second stint in the top 10, following its No. 10 debut on June 13 (concurrent with the No. 1 entrance of parent LP Chromatica on the Billboard 200 and Top Dance/Electronic Albums). Gordon Murray, Billboard, 1 Oct. 2020 In fact, the 2021 finals attracted more than 73 million peak concurrent viewers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2022 Tapia also received concurrent sentences of 15 to 20 years for armed assault with intent to murder and four to five years for unlawful possession of a firearm, the statement said. Adam Sennott,, 29 June 2022 Baum also received concurrent prison sentences for the four additional counts against him per state guidelines for the offenses. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 Alicia Henderson, 60, who now goes by Alicia Padilla, pleaded guilty in 2020 to charges of wire fraud and making a false statement on an income tax return and received concurrent 33-month sentences on each charge. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Aug. 2022 Styles is the third artist to chart at least five concurrent Global 200 top 10s, following Drake (eight, Sept. 18, 2021) and Bad Bunny (seven, May 21, 2022). Gary Trust, Billboard, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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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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