What does task mean?

Definitions for tasktæsk, tɑsk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word task.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. undertaking, project, task, labor(noun)

    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

    "he prepared for great undertakings"

  2. job, task, chore(verb)

    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

    "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. task(verb)

    assign a task to

    "I tasked him with looking after the children"

  4. tax, task(verb)

    use to the limit

    "you are taxing my patience"


  1. task(Noun)

    A piece of work done as part of oneu2019s duties.

  2. task(Noun)

    A difficult or tedious undertaking.

  3. task(Noun)

    An objective.

  4. task(Noun)

    A process or execution of a program.

  5. task(Verb)

    To assign a task to, or impose a task on.

  6. Origin: From tasque, variant of tasche, from tasca, alteration of taxa, from taxare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Task

    labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount

  2. Task

    business; employment; undertaking; labor

  3. Task(verb)

    to impose a task upon; to assign a definite amount of business, labor, or duty to

  4. Task(verb)

    to oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax

  5. Task(verb)

    to charge; to tax; as with a fault


  1. Task

    In project management, a task is an activity that needs to be accomplished within a defined period of time or by a deadline. A task can be broken down into assignments which should also have a defined start and end date or a deadline for completion. One or more assignments on a task puts the task under execution. Completion of all assignments on a specific task normally renders the task completed. Tasks can be linked together to create dependencies. In most projects, tasks may suffer one of two major drawbacks: ⁕Task dependency: Which is normal as most tasks rely on others to get done. However, this can lead to the stagnation of a project when many tasks cannot get started unless others are finished. ⁕Unclear understanding of the term complete: For example, if a task is 90% complete, does this mean that it will take only 1/9 of the time already spent on this task to finish it? Although this is mathematically sound, it is rarely the case when it comes to practice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Task

    task, n. a set amount of work, esp. of study, given by another: work: drudgery.—v.t. to impose a task on: to burden with severe work.—ns. Task′er, one who imposes a task, or who performs it; Task′ing, task-work; Task′master, a master who imposes a task: an overseer:—fem. Task′mistress; Task′work, work done as a task, or by the job.—Take to task, to reprove. [O. Fr. tasque (Fr. tâche)—Low L. tasca, taxa—L. taxāre, to rate.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'task' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1070

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'task' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2347

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'task' in Nouns Frequency: #333

Anagrams for task »

  1. AKST

  2. askt

  3. kast


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of task in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of task in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Willie Stone:

    Vision without a task is only a dream. A task without a vision is but drudgery. But vision with a task is a dream fulfilled.

  2. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    For one human being to love another human being That is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task

  3. David Teater:

    You talk to any cognitive psychologist, they've known this for decades, that the human brain can only focus on one attention-requiring task at any given moment. The other task is always in the background.

  4. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko:

    If we talk about meldonium, the main task now is to stabilize the situation and minimize our losses, the second task is to assist those Russian athletes who are under the investigation - there are around 40 of them.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.

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