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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.


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


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

n. Computers.
the concurrent execution of two or more jobs by a single CPU.


[ˈmʌltɪˈtɑːskɪŋ] Nmultitarea f
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