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task Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    project; undertaking; labor.
    • he prepared for great undertakings
  2. noun a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    job; chore.
    • estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars
    • the job of repairing the engine took several hours
    • the endless task of classifying the samples
    • the farmer's morning chores
  3. verb assign a task to
    • I tasked him with looking after the children
  4. verb use to the limit
    • you are taxing my patience

Task noun
OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. tâche, for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare to rate, appraise, estimate. See Tax, n. & v.
  1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount.
    Ma task of servile toil. Milton.
    Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close. Longfellow.
  2. Business; employment; undertaking; labor.
    His mental powers were equal to greater tasks. Atterbury.
    Syn. -- Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery; study; lesson; stint.
Task transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Tasked ; present participle & verbal noun Tasking
  1. To impose a task upon; to assign a definite amount of business, labor, or duty to.
    There task thy maids, and exercise the loom. Dryden.
  2. To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
  3. To charge; to tax; as with a fault.
    Too impudent to task me with those errors. Beau. & Fl.

Webster 1913

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