noun, often attributive
mul·​ti·​task·​ing | \-ˌtas-kiŋ \

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 \ intransitive verb
multitasker \ -​ˌtas-​kər \ noun

Examples of multitasking in a Sentence

The job requires someone who is good at multitasking.

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Photo: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal Using a phone as your primary computer isn’t always easy: Apple ’s iOS and Google’s Android software weren’t designed with desktop multitasking in mind. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018 In addition to supporting Android apps on Chromebooks, the OP1 chip in the Chromebook Tab 10 is supposed to excel at power efficiency, quick network connectivity, and smooth multitasking when using numerous apps. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 The iPhone also offers few of the computer-y features of the iPad, such as split-screen multitasking and full landscape mode. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018 According to the Microsoft spokesman, that’s enough performance for traditional multitasking, along with browsing in multiple tabs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 2018 There’s plenty of power in the phone to pull that off; Apple just doesn’t see the touch-first interface as a place for mice and multitasking. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018 Used to multitasking, Dunye was making breakfast for her son while talking by phone about her filmmaking experience. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye on the front lines of black lesbian experience," 6 June 2018 And the better way to do work is to focus on that one thing, and then maybe get up and, like, make the phone calls or look at Twitter, whatever, but then to come back and focus. Because multitasking is not real. Fox News, "President Trump faces pivotal days at home and overseas," 6 July 2018 Only skilled spaghetti eaters could pull off such effortless multitasking. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Supermodels Express Themselves While Eating Spaghetti," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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