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task

[task, tahsk]
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noun
  1. a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.
  2. any piece of work.
  3. a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.
  4. Obsolete. a tax or impost.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; put a strain upon (powers, resources, etc.).
  2. to impose a task on.
  3. Obsolete. to tax.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.
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Idioms
  1. take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
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Origin of task

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin tasca, metathetic variant of taxa tax
Related formstask·less, adjectivesub·task, nounun·tasked, adjective

Synonyms

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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.
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  • And it was a tasking of her energies equal to the buffeting of recurrent waves on deep sea.

  • This at least was not arrogant; the man who is sensible of his own weakness, is safe by not tasking it to the proof.


British Dictionary definitions for tasking

task

noun
  1. a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or chore
  2. an unpleasant or difficult job or duty
  3. any piece of work
  4. take to task to criticize or reprove
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verb (tr)
  1. to assign a task to
  2. to subject to severe strain; tax
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Derived Formstasker, nountaskless, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French tasche, from Medieval Latin tasca, from taxa tax, from Latin taxāre to tax
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

Word Origin and History for tasking

task

n.

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."

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task

v.

"to put a strain upon," 1590s, from task (n.). Related: Tasked; tasking.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tasking

task

see take to task.

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