Synonyms of task

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1 a piece of work that needs to be done regularly
  • one of my tasks in the morning is to make lunches for everyone in the family

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2 the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists
  • the forklift's task is to stack pallets of goods in the warehouse

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Synonyms of task (Entry 2 of 2)

to give a task, duty, or responsibility to
  • I have been tasked by the host with bringing the pies for Thanksgiving this year

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How does the noun task contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of task are assignment, chore, duty, job, and stint. While all these words 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

When can assignment be used instead of task?

The words assignment and task can be used in similar contexts, but assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

a reporter's assignment

When might chore be a better fit than task?

While in some cases nearly identical to task, chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

every child was assigned chores

When would duty be a good substitute for task?

The meanings of duty and task largely overlap; however, duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

the duties of a lifeguard

Where would job be a reasonable alternative to task?

The synonyms job and task are sometimes interchangeable, but job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

the job of turning the company around

In what contexts can stint take the place of task?

While the synonyms stint and task are close in meaning, stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

a 2-month stint as a reporter

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The first known use of task was in the 14th century

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“Task.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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