• (Of two or more objects or events) Not existing or happening at the same time.

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Example Sentences

“In addition to handwritten letters, email and text messaging are forms of asynchronous communication.”

“Zoom, Slack, Teams, and other computer programs are just a few of the latest tools to facilitate asynchronous learning and work.”

“Today, asynchronous education offers the ability to learn almost anything online.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

Though it’s been around since the mid-18th century, the word “asynchronous” has become especially relevant thanks to virtual learning and remote work. Meaning “not existing or happening at the same time,” this pandemic-era buzzword is now shorthand for the ability to complete something independently. 

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