noun \ˈtask\

: a piece of work that has been given to someone : a job for someone to do

Full Definition of TASK

a :  a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time
b :  something hard or unpleasant that has to be done
c :  duty, function
:  subjection to adverse criticism :  reprimand —used in the expressions to take, call, or bring to task

Examples of TASK

  1. Our first task is to review the budget.
  2. <one of my tasks in the morning is to make lunches for everyone in the family>

Origin of TASK

Middle English taske, from Middle French dialect (Picardy, Flanders) tasque, from Medieval Latin tasca tax or service imposed by a feudal superior, alteration of *taxa, from taxare to tax
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of TASK

task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance <charged with a variety of tasks>. duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance <the duties of a lifeguard>. job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance <the job of turning the company around>. chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm <every child was assigned chores>. stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service <a 2-month stint as a reporter>. assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority <a reporter's assignment>.

Rhymes with TASK


transitive verb

: to assign (someone) a piece of work : to give (someone) a job to do

Full Definition of TASK

:  to assign a task to <employees tasked with updating the files>
obsolete :  to impose a tax on
:  to oppress with great labor <tasks his mind with petty details>

Examples of TASK

  1. <I have been tasked by the host with bringing the pies for Thanksgiving this year.>

First Known Use of TASK

14th century


noun \ˈtask\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TASK

:  the performance that is required of the subject in a psychological experiment or test and that is usually communicated to a human subject by verbal instructions


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