multitasking

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.

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In my mind, for all the convenience of eBooks, text on a screen invites multitasking. BostonGlobe.com, "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 The toll multitasking takes Multitasking can creep into a person’s routine without notice. NBC News, "When it comes to multitasking, women are no better than men," 14 Aug. 2019 The researchers note that some research has found gender differences in both multitasking and the cognitive abilities required to do it. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Women aren't better at multitasking after all, study says," 14 Aug. 2019 Joss & Main’s Lula Entryway Dog Bed ($394.99) is a stylish multitasking piece of wood veneer furniture with a dog bed and hooks to hang leashes plus your dog’s raincoat and yours. Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 2019 The multitasking students reported checking mail (81%), surfing the web (43%), playing games (25%), and using laptops for other non-class purposes (35%). Kenneth A. Kiewra, Quartz, "A seven-step guide to taking better notes," 4 Sep. 2019 No wonder Allure readers honored the multitasking treatment with a coveted Readers’ Choice Award earlier this year. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Dermstore’s 20th Anniversary Sale Is Happening Now — Here’s What to Shop," 16 Aug. 2019 Joss & Main’s Lula Entryway Dog Bed ($394.99) is a stylish multitasking piece of wood veneer furniture with a dog bed and hooks to hang leashes plus your dog’s raincoat and yours. Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 2019 Things happen in very quick ways with our multitasking, attachment to our devices. Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Bacon on his shockingly corrupt ‘City on a Hill’ FBI man and heroes vs. bad guys," 19 July 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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