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Syllabification: con·cur·rent
Pronunciation: /kənˈkərənt

Definition of concurrent in English:


1Existing, happening, or done at the same time: there are three concurrent art fairs around the city
More example sentences
  • He was fined a total of £140 with £60 costs and banned from driving for six months to run concurrent with the existing ban.
  • An important way to ensure the defeat of al Qaeda is through applying pressure for change in the existing regimes' behaviors concurrent with supportive interaction with them.
  • Observations may also indicate evolving issues that are concurrent with an existing issue, or a completely new issue.
1.1(Of two or more prison sentences) to be served at the same time.
Example sentences
  • On each of the murder counts, he was sentenced to concurrent terms of life imprisonment.
  • The appellant was sentenced to a concurrent term of 5 years for the lesser offence of simple wounding.
  • Subsequently, following his arrest a year later, he was sentenced to a concurrent term of 12 months for breach of bail.
1.2 Mathematics (Of three or more lines) meeting at or tending toward one point.
Example sentences
  • These reciprocal figures, for example, have three forces in equilibrium in one figure represented by a triangle while in the reciprocal figure they are represented by three concurrent lines.
  • There are many families of concurrent lines in a triangle.
  • These arcades were later filled with canvases that fitted neatly into the frame of each arch, conveying the effect of a concurrent and symmetrical series of painted niches.
convergent, converging, meeting, intersecting


late Middle English: from Latin concurrent- 'running together, meeting', from the verb concurrere (see concur).



Pronunciation: /-ˈkərəns/
Example sentences
  • However, freeing may add to the length of the proceedings and, contrary to expectation, is used more often to dispense with parental agreement than with the concurrence of the birth parent.
  • It is arguable that these cases are not based upon an independent concept of mistake but, instead, are illustrations of lack of concurrence between offer and acceptance.
  • Wirawat also said he felt the mayor was not satisfied with his inability to demonstrate full conformity with the degree of respect and polite concurrence expected.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkərənsē/
Example sentences
  • The technical data will be generated directly from design models, ensuring concurrency with system configurations.
  • The city reviewed the building plans for concurrency, a measure of whether existing city services were adequate for the project.
  • Models with two-way concurrency (mandatory concurrency) are processed simultaneously.


Example sentences
  • The judge sentenced him to a four-and-a-half year jail term for each separate charge, to run together concurrently.
  • He was sentenced to five years' imprisonment to run concurrently and was released on May 16, 1985.
  • He sentenced him to four months each for driving while disqualified and for taking the car without consent, to be served concurrently.

Words that rhyme with concurrent

blackcurrant, currant, current, occurrent, redcurrant

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