meaning of multitasking in English

Business English Vocabulary – multitask

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Is multitasking good or bad?

It’s hard to prioritize your daily tasks.

Some say multitasking helps you get more done with your full to-do list. Others say it kills your productivity.

This excerpt from an article in Inc. Magazine explains the problem with multitasking:

“To actually eliminate multitasking you are going to have to learn to say “no” quite a lot. Multitasking is a symptom of the desire to accomplish everything at once. However, a lack of focus is the enemy of strategy. As Sun Tzu famously stated, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

Why multitasking will derail your business

The meaning of multitask in English

multitask english vocabulary

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When you multitask you do more than one thing at a time.

You do several different tasks at the same time. For example, making a phone call, writing an email, doing paperwork, or listening to your coworker’s feedback.

The meaning of multitask in English can refer to people and computers that deal with a lot of things simultaneously.


Definition of ‘multitask’

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What type of word is multitask?

The English word ‘multitask’ is a verb.

Present simple: I/you/we/they multitask, he/she/it multitasks

Past simple: multitasked

Past participle: multitasked

-ing form: multitasking

meaning of multitask in English

The word multitask is intransitive. An intransitive verb does not have an object.

‘When you’re working under pressure, it’s important to be able to multitask and prioritize.’


The verb is often used in the progressive -ing form.

‘I’m far more productive when I’ve got lots of things on my plate instead of when just the one; if I’m not multitasking, nothing gets done.’

The -ing form of the word is also often used as a noun: multitasking.

‘Multitasking is a symptom of the desire to accomplish everything at once.’

‘To actually eliminate multitasking you are going to have to learn to say “no” quite a lot.’

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