con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio) , -ˈkə-rənt, kän- \

Essential Meaning of concurrent

formal : happening at the same time the concurrent use of two medications He's currently serving two concurrent life sentences for murder.

Full Definition of concurrent

1 : operating or occurring at the same time
2a : running parallel
b : convergent specifically : meeting or intersecting in a point
3 : acting in conjunction
4 : exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities concurrent jurisdiction

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Other Words from concurrent

concurrent noun
concurrently adverb

Concurrent and Consecutive

Consecutive has a good deal in common with the complementary word concurrent. Besides the fact that both begin with the prefix con- (meaning “with, together”), each word deals with the time-order in which several things happen. Concurrent describes things that are occurring, or people who are doing something, at the same time, such as “concurrent users” of a computer program. Consecutive refers to things that are arranged or happen in a sequential order. A criminal who serves a consecutive sentence does time for one conviction after another. If that person gets a concurrent sentence, he or she undergoes all punishments at the same time.

What Does concurrent Really Mean?

Things that are concurrent usually not only happen at the same time but also are similar to each other. So, for example, multitasking computers are capable of performing concurrent tasks. When we take more than one medication at a time, we run the risks involved with concurrent drug use. And at any multiplex theater several movies are running concurrently.

Examples of concurrent in a Sentence

… the last two Mysore Wars in the 1790s, like the concurrent European wars against Revolutionary France, demonstrated Britain's capacity to reassert and reconfigure itself in the wake of crushing global defeats. — Linda Colley, Captives, 2002 Concurrent with the party conventions, an assortment of activists, professional pols and show-biz celebrities with populist pretensions … will gather for four days of speechifying, seminar giving and satirical merrymaking … — Andrew Ferguson, Time, 31 July 2000 Added to other evidence, this led to Cooke's conviction and a sentence of two concurrent twenty-year terms. — David Fisher, Hard Evidence, 1995 the concurrent use of two medications He's currently serving two concurrent life sentences for murder.
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Recent Examples on the Web His sentences for all those counts were less than 45 years, and will be served concurrent to that sentence, on the conspiracy charge. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Oct. 2021 Throw in too many deep cuts or slow songs and your viewers will seek refuge among one of a half-dozen other concurrent performances. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The pair discuss how British period dramas, The Property Brothers, and Oprah got them through their concurrent cancer diagnoses. Seija Rankin,, 30 Sep. 2021 In some cases, there are concurrent powers, where both the federal and state governments may act. CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 This setup is meant to avoid forcing teachers to pursue the concurrent instruction model, which requires educators to engage with online and in-person learners simultaneously and which many teachers found severely taxing during the pandemic. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Padilla, who is seeking a full six-year Senate term in 2022, will now have to run in concurrent elections to continue serving the remainder of Harris’ stint. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 But officials are most anxious to get shots to unvaccinated Americans, a concurrent campaign that many public health experts say is more important than boosting those already vaccinated. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 An April 2020 livestream on the platform attracted over 3.3 million peak concurrent views. Billboard, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of concurrent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concurrent

Middle English concurant, concurrent, borrowed from Latin concurrent-, concurrens, present participle of concurrere "to assemble in haste, resort to in large numbers, collide, exist simultaneously, be in agreement" — more at concur

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“Concurrent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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con·​cur·​rent | \ kən-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce concurrent (audio) \

Legal Definition of concurrent

1 : occurring, arising, or operating at the same time often in relationship, conjunction, association, or cooperation the power of taxation in the general and state governments is acknowledged to be concurrentMcCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819) a concurrent tortious act — see also concurrent cause at cause, concurrent sentence at sentence
2 : insuring the same property to the same extent under identical terms concurrent fire policies
3 : exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities — see also concurrent jurisdiction at jurisdiction, concurrent power at power sense 2a

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concurrently adverb

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