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 multitasking (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ intransitive verb

Examples of multitasking in a Sentence

The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.
Recent Examples on the Web The MediaTek Quad-core processor boosts your multitasking abilities. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Tablet for Drawing," 1 Apr. 2021 Not surprisingly, multitasking has negative consequences for happiness. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Do More Than One Thing," 18 Mar. 2021 Among its improvements are a slew of new multitasking features, which make navigating Apple’s wealth of apps easier than ever. Chase Brush,, "iPad vs. iPad Air: which is right for you?," 17 Mar. 2021 Is this the ultimate example of creative multitasking? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Clint Ramos is the Man Behind the Most Talked About Set on Broadway," 12 Mar. 2021 The multitasking didn’t stop when the cameras were rolling, Cooper says. Washington Post, "Inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a new play ponders race, gender and inclusion," 6 Mar. 2021 Quit multitasking and learn to be comfortable with monotasking. Expert Panel, Forbes, "Managing Your Energy: Eight Tips To Staying In Peak Performance Mode At Work," 4 Mar. 2021 As their name suggests, ultrawide displays usually have a 21:9 aspect ratio (compared to 16:9 for a traditional display), giving you lots of horizontal screen space for doing heavy multitasking. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "You should be using two monitors — here’s how to get started," 3 Mar. 2021 Chloe Fineman, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim, and Melissa Villaseñor sing, mocking the multitasking habits of those carrying out minimal household chores while taking in the details of brutal slayings. Rosy Cordero,, "SNL pokes fun of true crime obsessives with 'Murder Show' music video," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Multitasking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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