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
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How to use task in a sentence
Republican political operative Karl Rove has been tasked with coordinating funds for his party’s candidates.
I ran the MacBook Air through the popular benchmarking software, Geekbench 5, which puts computers through a standardized set of computing tasks and spits out a score to help compare one machine to another.Apple’s M1 chip makes the new MacBook Air shockingly good | Stan Horaczek | November 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
The fictional series features a budding sexual relationship between rebellious fashion designer Malcolm, played by Jackson, and a no-nonsense fashion editor, Nina, who is tasked with interviewing him.‘Insecure’ Star Sarunas J. Jackson Launches Erotic Audio Series | Joe Colucci | November 11, 2020 | Essence.com
They have discrete sections that are dedicated to different tasks.
The report also found that Pelletier and his staff of three devote too much time to administrative tasks rather than the quality of services provided to clients.Maine Governor Won’t Fund Reforms for Public Defense Agency Without Accountability | by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor | November 11, 2020 | ProPublica
Her time at the DNC appears to have been a multi-tasking experience.Anna Wintour Hires From Within Democratic National Committee | Misty White Sidell | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Rounders, John Malkovich threw himself into the tasking of speaking in a 24-inch thick Russian immigrant tongue.
No doubt it is difficult to be patient where there is no time; and what with our contemporary over-tasking, there is no time.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
The mountaineers lived on grizzly bears—food which it was impossible to seize without tasking their energies to the utmost.The Library and Society | Various
Dorcas stepped forward with the light obedience given to happy tasking.Meadow Grass | Alice Brown
When the fearful visitor did appear, Hiram bitterly regretted tasking his brain so severely.Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4 | Various
I became discouraged, though, when I found that I remained as fat as ever; and began tasking my brain for some other expedient.A Grandmother's Recollections | Ella Rodman
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.
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