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 According to Steam Database, Valheim had over 500,000 concurrent players on February 21, and this survival game could cross even further into popular culture. Reece Rogers, Wired, "Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games," 2 Mar. 2021 Having the board and police Internal Affairs run concurrent investigations is one of the major changes coming to the review board, which was originally created amidst earlier calls for police reform in 1992. Rebecca Lurye,, "Reforms to Hartford’s Civilian Police Review Board poised to take effect, but leaders still sought," 26 Feb. 2021 The indie game, which was released as an early access title on February 2, commands a large audience on the PC games storefront Steam, at one time logging just under half a million concurrent players. Washington Post, "As ‘Valheim’ grows, its developer reflects on bugs, updates and the prospect of acquisition," 9 Mar. 2021 Each of the first three Pogchamps have managed to hit over 100,000 peak concurrent viewers. Chazz Mair, Wired, "The Game of Chess Had Patch Notes, Too," 8 Mar. 2021 In 2004, at age 34, he was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences without the possibility of release. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Feds want to reverse killer's release from prison calling decision 'out of bounds'," 5 Feb. 2021 All platoons were engaged in concurrent, complementary actions. H.r. Mcmaster, Washington Examiner, "My Desert Storm," 4 Mar. 2021 This year, Twitch is primed to average over three million concurrent viewers, clocking two billion hours of content watched each month. Matt Gardner, Forbes, "Twitch Has Already Banned 270 Top Partners In 2021," 3 Mar. 2021 In a statement to South Korean outlet MoneyToday, Kakao M said the lapse was the result of concurrent negotiations for South Korean and global contracts with Spotify. Justin Curto, Vulture, "K-Pop Groups Including Seventeen, (G)I-DLE Off Spotify Due to Licensing Issues," 2 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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