multitasking

noun, often attributive
mul·​ti·​task·​ing | \ -ˌtas-kiŋ How to pronounce multitasking (audio) \

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 How to pronounce multitask (audio) \ intransitive verb
multitasker \ -​ˌtas-​kər How to pronounce multitasker (audio) \ noun

Examples of multitasking in a Sentence

The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.

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But the research is in, and multitasking is just not something our brains can do well. Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 Spending time doing nothing gives the brain a break from multitasking and interruptions, especially from technology, Mr. Berthelsen says. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning," 8 Jan. 2019 New navigational gestures and controls Google aims to make navigation and multitasking on the phone more approachable by making the tech fade into the background. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Five ways Android P will change how you use your smartphone--and put it down," 8 May 2018 Previous reports have said that Samsung and Google are working together on a new version of Android for the folding phone, a multitasking-heavy interface Samsung briefly teased at its developers conference. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?," 10 Jan. 2019 And this table, which is a simple-but-chic side table in its own right, is impressively good at multitasking. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Table Is Actually A Wireless Speaker That Also Charges Your Phone," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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