Definitions for: Task


[n] 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"
[n] any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
[v] use to the limit; "you are taxing my patience"
[v] assign a task to; "I tasked him with looking after the children"



Webster (1913) Definition: Task, n. [OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. t[^a]che, 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.

To take to task. See under Take.

Syn: Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery;
study; lesson; stint.


Task, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasked; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

Synonyms: chore, job, labor, project, tax, undertaking

See Also: adventure, assign, assignment, baby, breeze, child's play, cinch, dangerous undertaking, delegate, depute, designate, disagreeable chore, disagreeable task, duck soup, duty, endeavor, endeavour, endurance contest, enterprise, escapade, extend, labor of love, labour of love, large order, marathon, no-brainer, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, risky venture, snap, stint, strain, tall order, venture, walkover, work

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