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See also: Task
From Middle English taske (“task, tax”), from Old Northern French tasque, (compare Old French variant tasche), from Medieval Latin tasca, alteration of taxa, from Latin taxāre (“censure; charge”). Doublet of tax.
task (plural tasks)
- A piece of work done as part of one’s duties.
- The employee refused to complete the assignment, arguing that it was not one of the tasks listed in her job description.
- Any piece of work done.
- 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
- Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits. ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
- A difficult or tedious undertaking.
- 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
- An objective.
- (computing) A process or execution of a program.
- The user killed the frozen task.
- (obsolete) A tax or charge.
- Adjectives often applied to "task": difficult, easy, simple, hard, tough, complex, not-so-easy, challenging, complicated, tricky, formidable, arduous, laborious, onerous, small, big, huge, enormous, tremendous, gigantic, mammoth, colossal, gargantuan, social, intellectual, theological, important, basic, trivial, unpleasant, demanding, pleasant, noble, painful, grim, responsible, rewarding, boring, ungrateful, delightful, glorious, agreeable.
- (piece of work): chore, job
- (difficult undertaking): undertaking
- (objective): objective, goal
- (process): process
piece of work done as part of one’s duties
difficult or tedious undertaking
process or execution of a program
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- (transitive) To assign a task to, or impose a task on.
- On my first day in the office, I was tasked with sorting a pile of invoices.
- 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 1 scene 2
- All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come / To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, / To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride / On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task / Ariel and all his quality.
- c. 1693-1696, John Dryden, Last parting of Hector and Andromache: From the Sixth Book of Homer's Iliads
- There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
- 2021 May 19, “Network News: HS2 unearths 900 years of history in Buckinghamshire”, in RAIL, number 931, page 23:
- By 1966 the building was considered so unsafe that the Royal Engineers were tasked with demolishing it.
- (transitive) To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
- (transitive) To charge, as with a fault.
assign a task to
- Alternative form of