[ task, tahsk ]
/ tæsk, tɑsk /
a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.
any piece of work.
a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.
Obsolete. a tax or impost.
verb (used with object)
to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; put a strain upon (powers, resources, etc.).
to impose a task on.
Obsolete. to tax.
of or relating to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.
Words nearby task
Idioms for task
take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
Origin of task
1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin tasca, metathetic variant of taxa tax
SYNONYMS FOR task
1, 2 job, assignment. Task, chore, job, assignment refer to a definite and specific instance or act of work. Task and chore and, to a lesser extent, job often imply work that is tiresome, arduous, or otherwise unpleasant. Task usually refers to a clearly defined piece of work, sometimes of short or limited duration, assigned to or expected of a person: the task of pacifying angry customers; a difficult, time-consuming task. A chore is a minor task, usually one of several performed as part of a routine, as in farming, and often more tedious than difficult: the daily chore of taking out the garbage; early morning chores of feeding the livestock. Job is the most general of these terms, referring to almost any work or responsibility, including a person's means of earning a living: the job of washing the windows; a well-paying job in advertising. Assignment refers to a specific task allocated to a person by someone in a position of authority: a homework assignment; a reporter's assignment to cover international news.
OTHER WORDS FROM tasktask·less, adjectivesub·task, nounun·tasked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subtask
/ (tɑːsk) /
a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or chore
an unpleasant or difficult job or duty
any piece of work
take to task to criticize or reprove
to assign a task to
to subject to severe strain; tax
Derived forms of tasktasker, nountaskless, adjective
Word Origin for task
C13: from Old French tasche, from Medieval Latin tasca, from taxa tax, from Latin taxāre to tax
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Idioms and Phrases with subtask
see take to task.
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