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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And this one fell through, given all the concurrent excitement. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts On Day 4 of Wimbledon: Kyrgios-Nadal, Tomic Fined, Serena Survives," 4 July 2019 Temperatures soared even higher during the concurrent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Scientific American, "As the World Heats Up, Soccer Must Adapt," 2 July 2019 Today, the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, a coterie of winemakers in the region, are running concurrent studies on a number of viticultural issues. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "This Australian Paradise Combines Everything You Love About Sonoma and the Hamptons," 15 June 2019 Aristotle described the regeneration cycle of the birds’ feathers as concurrent with the change in seasons. Nic Rowan, WSJ, "The Spiritual Life of the Peacock," 20 Dec. 2018 With that record number came a concurrent jump in the cost to attend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego summer concerts go from ‘A’ (Anderson.Paak) to ‘Z’ (The Zombies)," 13 June 2019 Nevertheless, the aerobic metabolism (VO2max) improved by an astounding 31% - with a concurrent improvement of the anaerobic threshold of 13%. Mackie Shilstone, nola.com, "Interval training beats continuous exercise to burn fat," 12 June 2019 The sentences for the aggravated assault and burglary counts will be served concurrent to the life sentence for the murder. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Man sentenced to life in prison for killing of Mesa High School math teacher," 10 June 2019 He was also sentenced to a one-year concurrent prison sentence for felony menacing and a bias-motivated misdemeanor charge from a 2017 incident, the DA’s office said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Man convicted for hate crimes in Denver in two separate incidents against Hispanic men, mixed-race family," 4 June 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

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