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 stock recovery is concurrent with a relaxation in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Stocks rise for week on easing of U.S.-China trade tensions, erasing August losses," 13 Sep. 2019 In fact, the number of high school kids who vape almost doubled in one year, from 11.7% in 2017 to 20.8 % in 2018, which is concurrent with the rise in popularity of the Juul brand, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juuling? Everything to Know About the Popular Vaping Trend," 4 Sep. 2019 Likewise, her 14 Hot 100 debuts mark a new personal high, topping her 10 arrivals concurrent with the chart start of Speak Now. Gary Trust, Billboard, "All 18 Songs From Taylor Swift's New Album 'Lover' Chart On the Billboard Hot 100," 3 Sep. 2019 The rise of the Insta-famous It girl was concurrent with the growing interest in street style; peep the photo of Karlie Kloss fully surrounded by street-style photographers and paparazzi. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Street Style Evolved in the 2010s—From Pre-Instagram to Peak Maximalism," 18 July 2019 Morbidity is observed concurrent with or as part of an unexplained continual decline of a marine mammal population, stock or species. Allen Kim, CNN, "7 dead whales were found in Alaska over the weekend, and experts blame the climate crisis," 11 July 2019 If voters eventually agree with the charter amendment, the term for the law director would be concurrent with the mayor who made the appointment. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Seven Hills mayoral candidate restarts law director ballot initiative," 1 July 2019 The committee also had to consider sports teams and marching bands, professional development, standardized testing and concurrent enrollment at the community college among other factors. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Nearly 10,000 respond to school calendar survey, post-Labor Day start planned for 2020-21," 12 Sep. 2019 Rappers Drake and Travis Scott, NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster and popular Twitch gamer Ninja all competed on a Twitch livestream of the game and broke the site's record for concurrent viewers. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "All the questions about 'Fortnite' you were too embarrassed to ask," 26 July 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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concurrent

adjective

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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