I. noun Etymology: Middle English taske, from Middle French dialect (Picardy, Flanders) tasque, from Medieval Latin tasca tax or service imposed by a feudal superior, alteration of *taxa, from taxare to tax Date: 14th century 1. a. a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time b. something hard or unpleasant that has to be done c. duty, function 2. subjection to adverse criticism ; reprimand — used in the expressions to take, call, or bring to task Synonyms: task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance <
charged with a variety of tasks
. duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance <
the duties of a lifeguard
. job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance <
the job of turning the company around
. chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm <
every child was assigned chores
. stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service <
a 2-month stint as a reporter
. assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority <
a reporter's assignment
. II. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to assign a task to <
employees tasked with updating the files
2. obsolete to impose a tax on 3. to oppress with great labor <
tasks his mind with petty details

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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