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
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: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Both buildings are leased to Nvidia, a maker of chips used for high-performance tasks such as video games. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google-leased Mountain View office building entices big investor," 13 Sep. 2019 Minnesota’s offensive linemen are optimistic about being up for the task. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Dalvin Cook including the guys ‘in the trenches’ in his TD celebrations," 13 Sep. 2019 Because with the exception of running into your boss in your therapist’s waiting room, there’s nothing more awkward than using a bowl that’s too small for the task at hand. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Your Kitchen Needs One Really Big Bowl," 11 Sep. 2019 The activity filter smooths things out for these lightweight tasks, keeping the CPU out of boost mode without harming overall or perceptible performance. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "AMD improves real-world boost and idle on Ryzen 3000," 11 Sep. 2019 Despite their busy careers, Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger still make time for one very important task: skincare. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "The Couple That Masks Together! Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus Practice Joint Self-Care," 4 Sep. 2019 Treating crepe making as an optimization problem is a strategy that could be useful for other tasks. Stephen Ornes, Scientific American, "Perfect Crepes, by Way of Physics," 29 Aug. 2019 The task is even easier in Texas, which is unusual in having mayors and county judges, rather than state officials, approve the zones. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 Tony Snell and Sekou Doumbouya, both added this offseason, are better suited for that task. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons mailbag: Does adding Carmelo Anthony make sense this season?," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wilson oversees a staff of 30 people, tasked with keeping track of some 3,000 pieces of legislation every two-year session and as many as a quarter-million votes cast by each Assembly member. Los Angeles Times, "The California Assembly’s keeper of rules and rituals calls it a career," 13 Sep. 2019 Earlier reporting: The jury tasked with determining the fate of Skylar Richardson began deliberating Thursday morning around 11:15 a.m. Their deliberations could last minutes, hours or days. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Skylar Richardson: Here's what the jury could have decided and what it would have meant," 12 Sep. 2019 Following job fairs and an aggressive outreach effort, the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., the agency tasked with getting Detroiters ready for the new jobs, provided the company with a list of more than 11,000 city residents. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ready to apply: Detroiters looking for FCA auto jobs get their shot," 11 Sep. 2019 The civil servants tasked with implementing the buyback program might have to face this grave danger. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Conservatives: We’ll Spill Blood to Keep Our Guns," 5 Sep. 2019 Michael Murphy is spearheading the task force, which is broken down into subcommittees tasked with exploring enforcement and accountability, prevention and education, and engineering solutions. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police report 19 fatal crashes so far this year, a drop from 25 this time in 2018," 24 June 2019 After the election, the president will task a party leader with building a coalition. Washington Post, "Round 2: The main parties, blocs in Israel’s repeat election," 17 Sep. 2019 When the Saints begin practices this week at the University of Washington in preparation for Sunday’s game at Seattle, Payton is tasked to get Teddy Bridgewater ready for his start in a meaningful game since 2015. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 But as Trump embraces a strategy that focuses almost exclusively on winning white voters, Harris, Booker and other minority candidates are tasked with convincing voters that diversity is both the nation’s strength and its future. BostonGlobe.com, "Seven big questions heading into the third Democratic debate, to be carried on ABC:," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of task was in the 14th century

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task

noun
How to pronounce task (audio)

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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