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 While Green was ready to show off his multitasking skills, Link wasn't pleased and expressed concern about the welfare of the patient. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "'I'm in an operating room': California doctor performs surgery during Zoom traffic court trial," 27 Feb. 2021 Finally, living and working all together in the same place, such as our homes, results in a state of immersive multitasking. David Badre, Scientific American, "How We Can Deal with 'Pandemic Fatigue'," 24 Jan. 2021 And for many of us, we are faced with ongoing costs of multitasking, dividing attention between work, children and other priorities all at once. David Badre, Scientific American, "How We Can Deal with 'Pandemic Fatigue'," 24 Jan. 2021 That’ll give you better breathing room for multitasking and much better load times. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Why you should get into PC gaming — and where to start," 5 Jan. 2021 But Morris cautions against attempting to have a counseling session while driving, multitasking, or doing any number of activities that will distract you from your session. Charmaine Lang, Wired, "How to Make the Most of a Virtual Therapy Session," 1 Jan. 2021 While David mopes around, wallowing in his angst, Georgia is a model of multitasking, caring for the kids, finishing a novel and, at one point, helping a friend give birth. Mary Mcnamara Culture Columnist And Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Most TV made in quarantine was forgettable. But ‘Staged’ should go in a time capsule," 29 Dec. 2020 Check out all the details, from the multitasking serum to SPF moisturiser, ahead. Thatiana Diaz,, "8 Skincare Products Coming In Hot From JLo Beauty," 7 Dec. 2020 The multitasking serum, called That JLo Glow, is one of the stars of the line. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's JLo Beauty Is Here—See Every Product," 2 Dec. 2020

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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 6 Mar. 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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