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