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task

 (tăsk)
n.
1. A piece of work assigned or done as part of one's duties.
2. A difficult or tedious undertaking: Finding qualified people to fill these specialized roles was a real task.
3. A function to be performed; an objective: It is our task to renew consumer confidence.
tr.v. tasked, task·ing, tasks
1. To assign a task to or impose a task on: The agency was tasked with creating an advertising campaign.
2. Archaic To subject to strain or hardship: "The Professor's household was a modest one, and yet it tasked his ideas to keep it up to his wife's standard" (Edith Wharton).
Idiom:
take/call/bring to task
To reprimand or censure.

[Middle English taske, imposed work, tax, from Old North French tasque, from Vulgar Latin *tasca, alteration of *taxa, from Latin taxāre, to feel, reproach, reckon; see tax.]
Synonyms: task, job1, chore, assignment
These nouns denote a piece of work that one must do. A task is a well-defined responsibility that is usually imposed by another and that may be burdensome: I stayed at work late to finish the task at hand. Job often suggests a specific short-term undertaking: "did little jobs about the house with skill" (W.H. Auden).
Chore generally denotes a minor or routine job: The farmer's morning chores included milking the cows. Assignment generally denotes a task allotted by a person in authority: His homework assignment involved writing an essay.

task

(tɑːsk)
n
1. a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or chore
2. an unpleasant or difficult job or duty
3. any piece of work
4. take to task to criticize or reprove
vb (tr)
5. to assign a task to
6. to subject to severe strain; tax
[C13: from Old French tasche, from Medieval Latin tasca, from taxa tax, from Latin taxāre to tax]
ˈtasker n
ˈtaskless adj

task

(tæsk, tɑsk)

n.
1. a piece of work assigned to or expected of a person.
2. any piece of work.
3. a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.
4. Obs. a tax or impost.
v.t.
5. to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; strain.
6. to impose a task on.
7. Obs. to tax.
Idioms:
take or bring to task, to reprimand; chide; censure.
[1250–1300; Middle English (n.) (< dial. Old French tasque) < Medieval Latin tasca, alter. of taxa tax]
syn: task, chore, assignment, job refer to a specific instance or act of work. task refers to a clearly defined piece of work, usu. of short or limited duration, assigned to or expected of a person: the task of collecting dues. A chore is a minor, usu. routine task, often more tedious than difficult: the chore of taking out the garbage. assignment usu. refers to a specific task assigned by someone in authority: a homework assignment. job is the most general of these terms, referring to almost any work or duty, including one's livelihood: the job of washing the windows; a well-paid job in advertising.

task


Past participle: tasked
Gerund: tasking

Imperative
task
task
Present
I task
you task
he/she/it tasks
we task
you task
they task
Preterite
I tasked
you tasked
he/she/it tasked
we tasked
you tasked
they tasked
Present Continuous
I am tasking
you are tasking
he/she/it is tasking
we are tasking
you are tasking
they are tasking
Present Perfect
I have tasked
you have tasked
he/she/it has tasked
we have tasked
you have tasked
they have tasked
Past Continuous
I was tasking
you were tasking
he/she/it was tasking
we were tasking
you were tasking
they were tasking
Past Perfect
I had tasked
you had tasked
he/she/it had tasked
we had tasked
you had tasked
they had tasked
Future
I will task
you will task
he/she/it will task
we will task
you will task
they will task
Future Perfect
I will have tasked
you will have tasked
he/she/it will have tasked
we will have tasked
you will have tasked
they will have tasked
Future Continuous
I will be tasking
you will be tasking
he/she/it will be tasking
we will be tasking
you will be tasking
they will be tasking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tasking
you have been tasking
he/she/it has been tasking
we have been tasking
you have been tasking
they have been tasking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tasking
you will have been tasking
he/she/it will have been tasking
we will have been tasking
you will have been tasking
they will have been tasking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tasking
you had been tasking
he/she/it had been tasking
we had been tasking
you had been tasking
they had been tasking
Conditional
I would task
you would task
he/she/it would task
we would task
you would task
they would task
Past Conditional
I would have tasked
you would have tasked
he/she/it would have tasked
we would have tasked
you would have tasked
they would have tasked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.task - any piece of work that is undertaken or attemptedtask - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
child's play, cinch, duck soup, piece of cake, pushover, breeze, walkover, picnic, snap - any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture - a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
assignment - an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
baby - a project of personal concern to someone; "this project is his baby"
endeavor, endeavour, enterprise - a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
labor of love, labour of love - productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
endurance contest, marathon - any long and arduous undertaking
no-brainer - anything that requires little thought
proposition - a task to be dealt with; "securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"
large order, tall order - a formidable task or requirement; "finishing in time was a tall order but we did it"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
2.task - a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific feetask - a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores"
duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
ball-breaker, ball-buster - a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing; "Vietnam was a ball-breaker"
stint - an individual's prescribed share of work; "her stint as a lifeguard exhausted her"
scut work, shitwork - trivial, unrewarding, tedious, dirty, and disagreeable chores; "the hospital hired him to do scut work"
Verb1.task - assign a task to; "I tasked him with looking after the children"
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
2.task - use to the limit; "you are taxing my patience"
strain, extend - use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"

task

noun
1. job, duty, assignment, work, business, charge, labour, exercise, mission, employment, enterprise, undertaking, occupation, chore, toil He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
verb
1. charge, assign to, entrust The minister was tasked with checking that aid was spent wisely.
take someone to task criticize, blame, blast, lecture, carpet (informal), flame (informal), censure, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, scold, tear into (informal), tell off (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), read the riot act, reprove, upbraid, lambast(e), bawl out (informal), chew out (U.S. & Canad. informal), tear (someone) off a strip (Brit. informal), give a rocket (Brit. & N.Z. informal) The country's intellectuals are being taken to task.

task

noun
1. A piece of work that has been assigned:
2. A difficult or tedious undertaking:
Informal: job.
3. The proper activity of a person or thing:
verb
To force to work:
Translations
عَمَل، مُهِمّهمُهِمَّة
úkol
opgavejob
tehtävä
zadatak
feladat
verkefni, verk
タスク任務
과제
specialios paskirties būrys/pajėgos
pienākumsuzdevums
naloga
uppgift
ภารกิจ
nhiệm vụ

task

[tɑːsk]
A. N
1. (= job) → tarea f
I had to keep the children amused, which was no easy tasktenía que entretener a los niños, lo cual no era tarea fácil
to give or set sb the task of doing sthpedir a algn que haga algo
to take sb to task (for sth)reprender or regañar a algn (por algo), llamar a algn a capítulo (por algo) (frm)
2. (= function, stated aim) → cometido m
it was the task of the army to maintain ordermantener el orden era el cometido del ejército
3. (Comput) → tarea f
B. VT to task sb with sthhacer que algn se encargue de algo
C. CPD task force N (Mil) → destacamento m especial (Naut) → fuerza f expedicionaria; (= working group) → grupo m de trabajo

task

[ˈtɑːsk ˈtæsk] n
(= job) → tâche f
to take sb to task (= rebuke) → prendre qn à partietask force n
(MILITARY)force f opérationnelle
(= committee) → groupe f de travail

task

nAufgabe f; to set or give somebody a taskjdm eine Aufgabe stellen or geben; it is the task of the politician to …es ist Aufgabe des Politikers zu …; to take somebody to taskjdn ins Gebet nehmen, sich (dat)jdn vornehmen (inf)(for, about wegen)
vt = tax VT b

task

:
task bar
n (Comput) → Taskleiste f
task force
nSondereinheit f, → Spezialeinheit f
taskmaster
n(strenger) Arbeitgeber; he’s a hard tasker ist ein strenger Meister
task time
n (US Econ) → Zeitnorm f

task

[tɑːsk] ncompito
to take sb to task (for sth) → richiamare qn all'ordine (per qc), rimproverare qn (per qc)

task

(taːsk) noun
a piece of especially hard work; a duty that must be done. household tasks.
task force
a force selected from the armed services for a special task.

task

مُهِمَّة úkol opgave Aufgabe έργο tarea tehtävä tâche zadatak compito 任務 과제 taak oppgave zadanie tarefa задание uppgift ภารกิจ görev nhiệm vụ 任务

task

n. tarea, labor, trabajo.

task

n tarea; life — tarea de la vida; to stay on — mantenerse enfocado en el trabajo
References in classic literature ?
I'll try and be what he loves to call me, `a little woman' and not be rough and wild, but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else," said Jo, thinking that keeping her temper at home was a much harder task than facing a rebel or two down South.
Later when he drove back home and when night came on and the stars came out it was harder to get back the old feeling of a close and personal God who lived in the sky overhead and who might at any moment reach out his hand, touch him on the shoulder, and appoint for him some heroic task to be done.
And he's much better I verily believe since I said I'd turn over to him the task of finishing the stabilizer.
Seating himself in a wicker rocker which was there, he once more applied himself to the task of reading the newspaper.
As major of the Sixtieth, our honest host will tell you I must take my share of the fray; but our task will be easy; it is merely to keep these blood-hounds at bay for a few hours.
She therefore turned to Phoebe, and resigned the task into the young girl's hands.
Had it been otherwise -- had an active politician been put into this influential post, to assume the easy task of making head against a Whig Collector, whose infirmities withheld him from the personal administration of his office -- hardly a man of the old corps would have drawn the breath of official life within a month after the exterminating angel had come up the Custom-House steps.
A person who had such a task before him would not need to look very far in Packingtown--he had only to walk up the avenue and read the signs, or get into a streetcar, to obtain full information as to pretty much everything a human creature could need.
The poor man fulfilled his task with reluctance, but there was no escape, and every day saw a girl married and a wife dead.
for I have been set to do a task which no one in the whole world could do, let him be ever such a genius
That this remaining task may be executed under impressions conducive to a just and fair result, some reflections must in this place be indulged, which candor previously suggests.
It was a monstrous task to keep even a semblance of harmony among them, and it was a marvel to me that he got them to the city without a mighty battle among themselves.