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 multitask (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 goal wasn’t so much to create a good likeness of the dead but to transform the once-living person into a servant of Osiris, the multitasking god whose portfolio included fertility, agriculture, life, the afterlife, and resurrection. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 All are skillful at multitasking and undaunted by traveling economy. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon," 4 Dec. 2019 It can be used as a single screen, but its main purpose—like the Surface Neo—is for dual-screen multitasking. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Microsoft shocks the world with the Surface Duo, a foldable dual-screen Android phone," 2 Oct. 2019 The problem is that multitasking is the antithesis of mindfulness. Claire Gillespie, TheWeek, "The benefits of mindful parenting," 22 Jan. 2020 Siri is now your texting teleprompter For the person committed to multitasking, Messages with Siri might be the most useful feature in iOS 13, aside from the Control Center upgrades. Time, "I've Been Using Apple's New iPhone Software Out Later This Year. These Are My 7 Favorite Features," 1 July 2019 Included are gifts to delight everyone from the fashionista to the tech head to the multitasking mom. CNN Underscored, "The best gifts for every woman in your life," 3 Dec. 2019 Now's the best time to score savings on the multitasking kitchen gadget. Jayla Andrulonis,, "Instant Pots Are on Major Sale for Cyber Monday—Including This Best-Selling Model for the Lowest Price It's Ever Been," 1 Dec. 2019 Bloomberg's sources suggested that the company has been happier with the stability and quality of its software releases this cycle since iOS 13.2, despite a background multitasking bug that needed to be fixed with a minor update recently. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of multitasking

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of multitasking was in 1966

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17 Feb 2020

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“Multitasking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of multitasking

: the ability to do several things at the same time

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