What does task mean?

Definitions for task
tæsk, tɑsktask

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. undertaking, project, task, labornoun

    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

    "he prepared for great undertakings"

  2. job, task, choreverb

    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. taskverb

    assign a task to

    "I tasked him with looking after the children"

  4. tax, taskverb

    use to the limit

    "you are taxing my patience"


  1. tasknoun

    A piece of work done as part of one's duties.

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

  2. tasknoun

    A difficult or tedious undertaking.

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

  3. tasknoun

    An objective.

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

  4. tasknoun

    A process or execution of a program.

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

  5. taskverb

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

    Etymology: 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. Taskverb

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

  4. Taskverb

    to oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax

  5. Taskverb

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. task

    A simple defined piece of work.

    The project task list was so easy and simple for all to follow.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

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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

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  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

Examples of task in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    If they are produced and sold, sooner or later they will be used, only by bringing into the light of day the murky maneuverings that feed the cancer of war can its real causes be prevented. National leaders, institutions and the media are obliged to undertake this urgent and grave task.

  2. Lisa Carrington:

    When you set out to do something, it is such a huge task. It is super scary to think it is possible, it is just amazing to be able to pull it off.

  3. Representative Cheney:

    We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete, every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal.

  4. Rochester Police Chief LaRon Singletary:

    We understand they are upset, they have a right to be upset. Our job is to focus on the task at hand.

  5. Alexander Pope:

    He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

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