Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Computer Science) computing the execution of various diverse tasks simultaneously
2. the carrying out of two or more tasks at the same time by one person
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌmʌl tiˈtæs kɪŋ, -ˈtɑ skɪŋ, ˌmʌl taɪ-)

n. Computers.
the concurrent execution of two or more jobs by a single CPU.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


[ˈmʌltɪˈtɑːskɪŋ] Nmultitarea f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
AT&T's spots featuring tots have struck a chord with Stateside viewers, in part because of their cuteness, but also because of their next-gen media message; however, as Brian Steinberg wrote in the May 14 issue (Be Very Afraid: AT&T Spot Offers Glimpse of Next-Gen Viewing), one of AT&T's most recent ads foreshadows a frightening prospect: relentless, mind-numbing multitasking. Amid studies, data and gut reactions, Steinberg's story gave rise to a swath of differing comments.
In fact, 70% thought they were above average at multitasking, which, the researchers pointed out, is statistically impossible.
Health care professionals are now questioning the previously celebrated notion of the multitasking master quite rigorously as study after study concludes that multitasking is virtually impossible, resulting only in reduced brainpower, lack of mental absorption, frustration, anxiety and stress.
Wait a minute, is the ability to perform multiple tasks well the same as multitasking? Let's examine that a little closer.
People are better at some types of multitasking than they are at others, according to a study from Ohio State University, Columbus, that has implications for distracted drivers.
A Harvard Business Review article from 2010 claims that multitasking leads to as much as a 40 percent drop in productivity, increased stress and a 10 percent drop in IQ.
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the Nakamura-Tome NTY3-250 Multitasking Turning Center.
Did you know that multitasking doesn't actually increase productivity?
Women are not better than men at multitasking. That is according to a new study that explored women's ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time and how their brains work when switching from one activity to another.A
14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Multitasking is equally taxing for women and men, according to a study that challenges the popular notion that women are better at it.
But legislation won't proscribe all situations in which multitasking is unwise; you need to self-regulate.
Unfortunately, multitasking has been thoroughly debunked as a productivity strategy.