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task

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noun \ ˈtask \

Definition of task

1 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
2 :subjection to adverse criticism :reprimand used in the expressions to take, call, or bring to task

Examples of task in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

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task

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Definition of task

transitive verb
1 :to assign a task to
  • employees tasked with updating the files
2 :to oppress with great labor
  • tasks his mind with petty details
3 obsolete :to impose a tax on

Examples of task in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of task from the Web

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First Known Use of task

14th century



TASK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of task for English Language Learners

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


task

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Definition of task for English Language Learners

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


TASK Defined for Kids

task

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noun \ ˈtask \

Definition of task for Students

:a piece of work that has been assigned, needs to be done, or presents a challenge
  • On Saturdays Claudia emptied the wastebaskets, a task she despised.
  • —E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Synonym Discussion of task

task, duty, and job mean a piece of work assigned or to be done. task is used for work given by a person in a position of authority.
    • The boss used to give me every difficult task.
duty is used when a person has responsibility to do the work.
    • The duty of police is to protect people.
job may mean that the work is necessary, hard, or important.
    • We all have to do our job.

Medical Dictionary

task

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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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