February 03, 2013
simultaneous (adjective)
\sye-mul-TAY-nee-us\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : existing or occurring at the same time2 : satisfied by the same values of the variables
How do you use it?
When someone is addressing the United Nations General Assembly, interpreters provide simultaneous translations so that representatives who speak other languages can understand what is being said.
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"Simultaneous," "contemporary," "contemporaneous," and "synchronous" mean existing or occurring at the same time. "Simultaneous" suggests happening at the same moment, as in "For very popular movies, the cineplex offers simultaneous showings in different theaters." "Contemporary" often applies to people who lived at the same time, as in "Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin." "Contemporaneous" is more often applied to events than to people, as in "The students compared contemporaneous accounts of the battle." "Synchronous" implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals, as in "The photo series showed the synchronous action of a bird's wings in flight."
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