multitasking

noun, often attributive
mul·​ti·​task·​ing | \ -ˌtas-kiŋ \

Definition of multitasking 

1 : the concurrent performance of several jobs by a computer
2 : the performance of multiple tasks at one time The job requires a person who is good at multitasking.

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Other Words from multitasking

multitask \ -​ˌtask \ intransitive verb
multitasker \ -​ˌtas-​kər \ noun

Examples of multitasking in a Sentence

The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.

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In summary, Google has reduced the usability and information density of its multitasking without gaining much of anything. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Android’s new multitasking is terrible and should be changed back," 20 Oct. 2018 Some studies have shown some video games and apps can improve working memory, fluid intelligence [problem-solving], and multitasking skills. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 The new multitasking carousel in Android Pie isn’t just a snapshot of your recent apps. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 The evidence that does exist on multitasking and memory, for instance, suggests a negative correlation, but a causal link is still elusive. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 Photo: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal Using a phone as your primary computer isn’t always easy: Apple ’s iOS and Google’s Android software weren’t designed with desktop multitasking in mind. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018 In addition to supporting Android apps on Chromebooks, the OP1 chip in the Chromebook Tab 10 is supposed to excel at power efficiency, quick network connectivity, and smooth multitasking when using numerous apps. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 The iPhone also offers few of the computer-y features of the iPad, such as split-screen multitasking and full landscape mode. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018 According to the Microsoft spokesman, that’s enough performance for traditional multitasking, along with browsing in multiple tabs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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multitasking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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