Definition of task in English:


Syllabification: task
Pronunciation: /task


A piece of work to be done or undertaken.
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  • You are not afraid of taking on difficult tasks or ventures that call for skillful manoeuvres.
  • Children must be at least 13 before they can legally work and even then can only undertake light tasks.
  • The staff could be used weekly or monthly to undertake routine and repetitive tasks.
job, duty, chore, charge, assignment, detail, mission, engagement, occupation, undertaking, exercise, business, responsibility, burden, endeavor, enterprise, venture


[with object] (usually be tasked) Back to top  
1Assign a piece of work to: NATO troops are tasked with separating the warring parties
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  • While Porter heads for the mainland to get the boat repaired, Sandy is tasked with a load of chores.
  • Each student group was tasked with carrying out a market research project and produced a marketing plan for their assigned client company.
  • Now the group, which is tasked with monitoring stop and search use in Lewisham, is planning an educational video so young people are fully aware of their rights.
1.1Make great demands on (someone’s resources or abilities): it tasked his diplomatic skill to effect his departure in safety
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  • When tasking your resources, make sure the plan is feasible.


Middle English: from an Old Northern French variant of Old French tasche, from medieval Latin tasca, alteration of taxa, from Latin taxare 'censure, charge' (see tax). An early sense of the verb was 'impose a tax on'.


take someone to task

Reprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake.
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  • We have had this blip and we do not criticise the PTA for taking us to task about it.
  • That is the only reason I can think of to explain why he has not been taken to task more severely by the media.
  • And some critics will then take us to task for flouting ordinary usage.
informal tell off, bawl out, give someone a dressing-down

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