For example, will the Force be tasked to “defeat” al-Qaeda in Afghanistan?
tasked mainly with maintaining the regime in power, it employed at least 100,000 officers and unknown legions of informants.
The new Greek prime minister is tasked with rescuing his country from financial ruin.
Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady.
Last summer, it was Biden, once again, who was tasked with selling the sequestration plan—to McConnell, according to Woodward.
The dykes, tasked beyond their strength, burst in every direction.
It has tasked the resources of the plastic and the graphic arts.
It was a sweet autumn evening, and my guide, a hardy old fellow, strode at a pace that tasked me to keep up with.
Cleopatra had tasked her powers of fascination, and she knew that they had failed.
The poor child had been tasked beyond her strength during the past four days.
c.1300, "piece of work imposed as a duty," from Old North French tasque (13c., Old French tasche, Modern French tâche) "duty, tax," from Vulgar Latin *tasca "a duty, assessment," metathesis of Medieval Latin taxa, a back-formation of Latin taxare "to evaluate, estimate, assess" (see tax). General sense of "any piece of work that has to be done" is first recorded 1590s. Phrase take one to task (1680s) preserves the sense that is closer to tax.
German tasche "pocket" is from the same Vulgar Latin source (via Old High German tasca), with presumable sense evolution from "amount of work imposed by some authority," to "payment for that work," to "wages," to "pocket into which money is put," to "any pocket."
"to put a strain upon," 1590s, from task (n.). Related: Tasked; tasking.