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.
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.
Idioms about task
take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
- taskless, adjective
- subtask, noun
- un·tasked, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use task in a sentence
Some major conferences have scrambled to reschedule missed games, but that task is becoming increasingly difficult as the season progresses and the list of games that need to be made up grows each week.Maryland, with 15 more players and its coach positive for coronavirus, cancels Michigan State game | Emily Giambalvo | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
She goes around to each of the grandchildren, trying to make sure they’re logging on, staying on task.The Learning Curve: Even With Schools Closed, State of District ‘Unstoppable’ | Will Huntsberry | November 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It made him feel as though she only asked us to visit to get these tasks done.Miss Manners: Family visit becomes one big project | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Its task is to decide whether to certify the results of Wayne County’s elections and pass the decision on to a similar board at the state level.For three hours, an obscure county board in Michigan was at the center of U.S. politics | Kayla Ruble, Tom Hamburger, David Fahrenthold | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
They then fine-tuned the model—in other words, trained it further—on the specific task of summarization.
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.
There is no doubt that some unfortunate reporter, tasked with working the weekend shift, would have looked into them.
He is the drone official, the bland-faced human-resources manager tasked with dropping the axe.
“The agency tasked with protecting the highest office in our land should be the crown jewel of federal law enforcement,” he said.Why Secret Service Chief Julia Pierson Was Shown the Door | Tim Mak | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Looking at the new season, we now have Coulson as the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director, tasked with rebuilding the agency.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ | Jason Lynch | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ethel did not understand what mental fatigue was, for her active, vigorous spirit had never been tasked beyond its powers.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
It cast its searching eye into the most abstruse inquiries which ever tasked the famous minds of the world.
Imagination is tasked to its utmost stretch to portray sentiments and passions in the way that makes the deepest impression.
Their speculations pertained to the loftiest subjects that ever tasked the intellect of man.
But the ear is not tasked to identify the songs of the kinglets, as they tarry briefly with us in spring.A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for task
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
- tasker, noun
- taskless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with task
see take to task.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.