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 for task

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

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 Keeping a camera centered on one of the most agile fighters in the world is no easy task. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This F-22 Raptor Fly Insane Maneuvers in Spectacular 4K," 12 Nov. 2020 And in the largest classification, that wasn’t an easy task for North Dallas. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "In an unprecedented season, North Dallas managed to snap one of the Dallas-area’s longest playoff droughts," 11 Nov. 2020 Forcing turnovers against Tennessee is no easy task. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 28 things to watch in Colts-Titans showdown," 11 Nov. 2020 That will be no easy task for a pandemic again surging across the U.S., with 237,000 deaths and infections surpassing 9.8 million. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, "For some who bore toll of virus, Biden offers sign of hope," 8 Nov. 2020 But explaining potential errors of 2020 after 2016 polls faced backlash for not estimating Trump support will be no easy task. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "The polls were wrong – sorta. But is it too soon to 'blow up' the polling industry?," 5 Nov. 2020 After all, filling a pool of special chemicals to bathe massive artifacts in order to age, analyze, photograph, or rebuild them for a museum, is no simple task. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "How scientists keep ancient shipwrecks from crumbling into dust," 2 Nov. 2020 But qualifying for the postseason in the unforgiving Western Conference will be no easy task, especially for a team that figures to depend heavily on players who are 25 and younger. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "With Stan Van Gundy, Pelicans feel they can win now and in the future," 27 Oct. 2020 Playing college football during a pandemic is no easy task. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football offensive linemen improved without practicing in pads. Here's how," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The plan would task the superintendent with raising the $15 million to fund the effort, which will include five full-time staff members to implement the program. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "How close are S.F. schools to reopening? District officials unveil website with details," 20 Oct. 2020 Have one for each side, and task them with asking the other side’s candidate questions. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Let Them Fight!," 30 Sep. 2020 The role will task Tejada with overseeing the company’s brand strategy and marketing, global communications and public relations, industry relations and public policy groups. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "SoundExchange Names Esther-Mireya Tejada Chief Marketing & Communications Officer," 31 Aug. 2020 At some point in that heads-down work, the organizers will task the teams with writing code that can take control of the actual on-orbit satellite, which will be carving an ellipse around Earth. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "The Feds Want These Teams to Hack a Satellite—From Home," 6 Aug. 2020 Hafley will be tasked with getting the Eagles over the hump after going 44-44 over seven seasons under Addazio, who was hired as head coach by Colorado State earlier this week. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston College has hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley as its new head football coach, the school officially announced Saturday morning.," 14 Dec. 2019 Once Zirkin’s resignation is official, the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee will be tasked with nominating a replacement for Zirkin. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "State delegates Hettleman, Cardin likely to face off for Zirkin’s open Senate seat in Baltimore County," 6 Dec. 2019 She’ll be tasked with heading up the combination alongside Chief Merchandising Officer Scott McCall. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Walmart Fuses Buying Teams to Cut Down on Cross-Company Red Tape," 15 May 2020 Players will be tasked with forging allegiances with kings and Vikings, and staging raids and attacks on large settlements. Los Angeles Times, "What Microsoft’s Xbox Series X preview does and doesn’t tell us about the future of gaming," 7 May 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Task.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/task. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for task

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

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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