noun, often attributive
mul·​ti·​task·​ing | \ ˈməl-tē-ˌta-skiŋ How to pronounce multitasking (audio) , -ˌtī- \

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 \ ˈməl-​tē-​ˌtask How to pronounce multitask (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ intransitive verb

Examples of multitasking in a Sentence

The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.
Recent Examples on the Web What may come as a surprise is that multitasking, usually touted as essential to success, might fray these connections. Dallas News, "How you can supercharge your brain from the comfort of your home," 19 June 2020 The crazy hours and insane multitasking works for a short period of time. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "The great Fall reckoning is almost here," 18 June 2020 But could the next generation of iPadOS deliver on a big pro feature, or at least improve current ones (files and multitasking come to mind). Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here’s what we hope to see in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14," 17 June 2020 Bonus points for multitasking on some of the pages. Dallas News, "Student journalists win Dallas Morning News contest for covering tornadoes, homecoming, vaping and more," 20 Apr. 2020 In the spirit of not just squeezing self-care into our schedule, but also multitasking (something of a way of life in today’s society), here are a slew of different strategies for turning your work area into a more soothing—and productive!—space. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2020," 24 Dec. 2019 Efficiency of movement, multitasking, keeping ingredients fresh and stored properly and memorizing classic recipes — these are the unsexy bits that allow a bartender to go above and beyond. Lou Bustamante,, "The craft cocktail revolution is over. Where does it go from here?," 8 Nov. 2019 It's got multiple ports for multitasking and 170° horizontal and 160° vertical viewing angles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: A Great Dyson Vacuum at Half Price," 19 Apr. 2018 Eliminate distractions when talking — no multitasking. New York Times, "Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of multitasking was in 1966

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“Multitasking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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