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Under the covers, the concept of synchronization is simple: when a method is declared synchronized, the thread that wants to execute the method must acquire a token, which we call a lock. Once the method has acquired (or checked out or grabbed) this lock, it executes the method and releases (or returns) the lock. No matter how the method returns—including via an exception—the lock is released. There is only one lock per object, so if two separate threads try to call synchronized methods of the same object, only one can execute the method immediately; the other has to wait until the first thread releases the lock before it can execute


Cover of Java Threads, 3rd Edition


each object has only one lock