verb (used with object)
- tashi lama,
- task force,
Origin of task
Examples from the Web for task
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.
Sabrine is a trained lawyer, likely a helpful quality when your task is to push politicians.
Before dying in 1219, Marshal would begin the task of rebuilding England after decades of war.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the task is a little more fun when you can send your gratitude on cute note cards inspired by traditional Islamic designs.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He finishes off the task he has set himself here with considerable precision and skill.
He altogether doubted his own powers to perform satisfactorily the task before him.An Eye for an Eye|Anthony Trollope
The old man had warmed to his task, as floods of reminiscences came sweeping through his memory.The Bondwoman|Marah Ellis Ryan
Her voice betrayed how strongly she perceived the almost hopeless immensity of the task.A Spoil of Office|Hamlin Garland
Agnes, however, carried the oars up to the tent and then forgot about the rest of her task as she dipped into a new book.The Corner House Girls Under Canvas|Grace Brooks Hill
It was the rider's task, to make up for the time lost by the sailors.A Word Only A Word, Complete|Georg Ebers
Word Origin for task
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.
see take to task.