- 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.
- take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
Origin of task
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Examples from the Web for tasked
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.Embedding With the Women Who Are Kicking ISIS Ass
December 15, 2014
There is no doubt that some unfortunate reporter, tasked with working the weekend shift, would have looked into them.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
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.’
September 22, 2014
Timm used Spitz, codenamed TARBABY, in a variety of ways, although initially he was not tasked as a regular agent.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
The girls are ushered into their role as housekeepers and child bearers and the boys are tasked with providing for the family.The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms
September 18, 2014
The exhausted Hebrews, whose energies had been tasked to the utmost, were surrounded.Alroy
The dykes, tasked beyond their strength, burst in every direction.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74
John Lothrop Motley
It has tasked the resources of the plastic and the graphic arts.
The energies which have not yet been tasked, do not know well how to begin.Charlemont
W. Gilmore Simms
Cleopatra had tasked her powers of fascination, and she knew that they had failed.Women of History
- 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
Word Origin and History for tasked
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.
Idioms and Phrases with tasked
see take to task.