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.

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 Finnish researchers conducted another multitasking study on the recognition of nonsensical sentences. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2022 During testing, the phone performed excellently, loading apps in a snap, and handling multitasking like a champ. Maren Estrada, BGR, 31 Mar. 2022 Also more prone to the syndrome, because of the release of stress hormones, are people struggling with their mental health, older people, and individuals who work jobs that require nonstop multitasking without adequate opportunities for downtime. Essence, 28 June 2020 Zoom meetings and digital communications invite endless opportunities for multitasking and distraction. Michael Mcfall, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 So for now, Dillman’s days remain a blur of nonstop multitasking. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 According to an extensive Microsoft remote work survey, multitasking is ubiquitous in online meetings. Michael Mcfall, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 The deluxe Crème de la Mer moisturizer has a cult following for its multitasking magic. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 Serum is a multitasking serum that can protect your skin from the sun and blue light while brightening your skin with vitamin C. Anjana Rajbhandary,, 2 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Multitasking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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