task

noun
\ ˈtask How to pronounce task (audio) \

Definition of task

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

task

verb
tasked; tasking; tasks

Definition of task (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for task

Synonyms: Noun

assignment, chore, duty, job

Synonyms: Verb

assign, charge, commission, entrust (also intrust), trust

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Noun

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

Noun

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.

Examples of task in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

I have been tasked by the host with bringing the pies for Thanksgiving this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One was given the impossible task of substantiating Mr Trump’s claim that his election saw massive vote-rigging. The Economist, "There is a need for fresh thinking on human rights," 8 Aug. 2019 The task of identifying the Proud Boys appeared to be comparatively easy — and not just because of the names and pictures posted online by New York City Antifa on social media sites. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "How Police Used Antifa Information to Investigate Far-Right Proud Boys," 8 Aug. 2019 Now Hentges is facing the task of earning a spot on the regular-season roster on the team with perhaps the best tight-end pair in the NFL. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Colts finding out tight end Hale Hentges can do more than block," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2001, Closter promised to handle the task of administering Ridenhour’s music copyrights through the formation of an independent publishing company dubbed Bring the Noize. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Chuck D Sues Publishing Company Reach Music for Withholding Royalties," 8 Aug. 2019 To simplify the task of writing software that safely implemented this sort of fault tolerance, the processors were connected on a custom timing circuit that kept their operations synchronized to within around fifty microseconds. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 The Miami Marlins promoted second baseman Isan Diaz on Monday, and gave him the unenviable task of batting second against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "As broadcasters interview his parents, Marlins rookie Isan Diaz homers in his MLB debut," 5 Aug. 2019 The task of explaining the negotiations in Afghanistan to the American public has fallen to Pompeo. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. prepares Afghanistan troop cuts in potential deal with Taliban," 2 Aug. 2019 The task of explaining the negotiations in Afghanistan to the American public has fallen to Pompeo. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in initial deal with Taliban," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whether or not Harris, Booker or any other of the top contenders takes Biden to task over this latest gaffe remains to be seen. cleveland.com, "Joe Biden’s latest gaffe raises eyebrows: ‘Poor kids are just as bright’ as ‘white kids'," 9 Aug. 2019 The contracting team also took to task a surprise July 23 safety audit in which an outside auditor hired by DIA found at least 29 violations or work site issues. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport and Great Hall contractor escalate public battle as mediation stalls," 9 Aug. 2019 In Rakhine State, the junta imposed travel restrictions on the Rohingya and tasked the Buddhist Rakhine with enforcing the new orders. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 After fleeing his home in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, and walking the grueling 300 miles to Khartoum, Sudan, Aklum wrote a letter that triggered Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to task Mossad agents with the rescue of the Beta Israel. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Red Sea Diving Resort," 1 Aug. 2019 Whoever wins will be tasked with defending the deal in Guatemala’s courts, and well as figuring out how to implement it. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Vox, "A controversial deal between US and Guatemala could reshape the asylum process," 27 July 2019 This was the period in which NASA was rapidly transitioning from a relatively lean organization, with a few thousand men and women dedicated to putting a human into space, to a full-fledged agency tasked with landing on the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee," 19 July 2019 In Tuesday's semifinal, Bronze, who plays for European champion Lyon, will likely to be tasked with marking Rapinoe. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "England vs. USA: English women chase World Cup history against 'the team everyone wants to beat'," 1 July 2019 Others tell stories of separation from parents, and children being tasked with caring for the babies of strangers. Graham Kates, CBS News, ""I'm hungry here at Clint all the time": Lawyers use kids' testimonies to seek access to Border Patrol facilities," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of task

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for task

Noun

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

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task

noun

English Language Learners Definition of task

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

task

verb

English Language Learners Definition of task (Entry 2 of 2)

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

task

noun
\ ˈtask How to pronounce task (audio) \

Kids Definition of task

: 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

task

noun
\ ˈtask How to pronounce task (audio) \

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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