[ muhl-tee-task, -tahsk, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˈmʌl tiˌtæsk, -ˌtɑsk, ˈmʌl taɪ- /

verb (used without object)

Computers. (of a single CPU) to execute two or more jobs concurrently.
(of one person) to perform two or more tasks simultaneously.


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Origin of multitask

First recorded in 1960–65; multi-+ task


mul·ti·task·er, nounmul·ti·task·ing, mul·ti-task·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for multitasking

British Dictionary definitions for multitasking (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmʌltɪˌtɑːskɪŋ) /


computing the execution of various diverse tasks simultaneously
the carrying out of two or more tasks at the same time by one person

British Dictionary definitions for multitasking (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmʌltɪˌtɑːsk) /

verb (intr)

to work at several different tasks simultaneously
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Scientific definitions for multitasking

[ mŭl′tē-tăskĭng ]

The concurrent operation by one central processing unit of two or more processes.
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