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 (mŭl′tē-tăs′kĭng, -tī-)
1. The concurrent operation by one central processing unit of two or more processes.
2. The engaging in more than one activity at the same time or serially, switching one's attention back and forth from one activity to another.

mul′ti·task′ v.
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vb (intr)
to work at several different tasks simultaneously
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Not only do smartphones provide unprecedented access to information, they provide unprecedented opportunities to multitask. Any activity can be accompanied by music, selfies or social media updates.
People multitask between work and nonwork activities 24/7.
Summary: California [USA], June 18 (ANI): Because watching one show at a time is not enough, a new Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode is coming to Apple TV that will allow users to multitask while watching a video.
Perhaps for mundane things, we can multitask effectively.
You will have the ability to multitask and manage your own workload without supervision.
A computer can truly multitask by alternating very rapidly between tasks in a fraction of a millisecond--so fast that, as far the human brain is concerned, the tasks are simultaneous.
In Information Systems, research has focused on how individuals multitask with technology devices (Adler & Benbunan-Fich, 2013; Benbunan-Fich & Truman, 2009), the effects of interruptions on performance (Adler & Benbunan-Fich, 2012; Mansi & Levy, 2013) and the tendency to maintain multiple conversations at the same time or multi-communicating (Cameron & Webster, 2013).
This trend held even for teens who felt they could multitask effectively.
Throughout, Zack's tone is impassioned, encouraging, and empathetic -- after all, she freely admits to battling the urge to multitask herself.
In other words, people are less likely to multitask when performing a controlled task (Schneider & Shiffrin, 1977).