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To engage in multiple activities concurrently, all pertaining to some common theme. Polytasking is not dissimilar to multitasking but implies some inherent connection between tasks.

Poly- from the Greek 'polys' meaning much or many.

(Interestingly Multi- is from the Latin equivalent.)
To be chopping vegetables, stirring a sauce and laying a table ready for dinner would constitute polytasking.

Watching television, reading a book and eating a muffin whilst on the phone to a friend is, in contrast, merely multitasking.
by lachime August 19, 2009