concurrent

adjective

con·​cur·​rent kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio)
-ˈkə-rənt,
kän-
1
: operating or occurring at the same time
2
a
: 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
concurrent noun
concurrently adverb

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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.

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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.

Example Sentences

… 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 Garland’s move has the practical effect of merging two concurrent investigations that had not officially intersected before Friday. Glenn Thrush, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Kiffin and Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman have had two very interesting games in their concurrent tenures. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 16 Nov. 2022 However, given we are now faced with a concurrent increase in multiple respiratory viruses at once—including flu, RSV, and COVID-19—masks that block both routes are preferable. Time, 14 Nov. 2022 Unlike its prequels, 1883, and the upcoming 1923, Yellowstone exclusively appears on Paramount Network, with concurrent airings on TV Land. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 13 Nov. 2022 The Day of the Dead in Mexico City will be coupled with a concurrent virtual parade in Spatial’s metaverse. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Austin Show, whose live game shows reliably pull tens of thousands of concurrent viewers with or without G4, made seven figures, according to one former employee. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 The investment comes from a concurrent four-year extension announced with sponsor Gainbridge, a loyal Andretti partner. Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2022 The music video, directed by Swift and starring herself as several concurrent good and worse versions of herself, underscores the point. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near concurrent

Cite this Entry

“Concurrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concurrent. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio)
-ˈkə-rənt,
kän-
1
: operating or occurring at the same time
concurrent expeditions to the Antarctic region
2
: coming together : meeting in a point
concurrent lines
3
: acting together
concurrently adverb

Legal Definition

concurrent

adjective
con·​cur·​rent kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio)
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 concurrent McCulloch 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
concurrently adverb

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