Definitions for tasktæsk, tɑsk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

task*tæsk, tɑsk(n.)

  1. a piece of work assigned to or expected of a person.

  2. any piece of work.

  3. a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.

  4. Obs. a tax or impost.

  5. (v.t.)to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; strain.

  6. to impose a task on.

  7. Obs. to tax.

Idioms for task:

  1. take or bring to task,to reprimand; chide; censure.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: task , chore , assignment , job refer to a specific instance or act of work. task refers to a clearly defined piece of work, usu. of short or limited duration, assigned to or expected of a person: the task of collecting dues. A chore is a minor, usu. routine task, often more tedious than difficult: the chore of taking out the garbage. assignment usu. refers to a specific task assigned by someone in authority: a homework assignment.job is the most general of these terms, referring to almost any work or duty, including one's livelihood: the job of washing the windows; a well-paid job in advertising.

Origin of task:

1250–1300; ME (n.) (< dial. OF tasque ) < ML tasca, alter. of taxatax

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. task(noun)æsk, tɑsk

    a small job or duty

    the task of raking the leaves in the yard


  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.

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 of task

  1. AKST

  2. askt

  3. kast

Translations for task

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a piece of especially hard work; a duty that must be done

household tasks.

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