task

[ task, tahsk ]
/ tæsk, tɑsk /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

of or relating to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.

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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 task

task·less, adjectivesub·task, nounun·tasked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for task

task
/ (tɑːsk) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to assign a task to
to subject to severe strain; tax

Derived forms of task

tasker, 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 task

task

see take to task.

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