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task
WordNet 2.0
  • 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 sampl
  • any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  • "he prepared for great undertakings"
  • use to the limit
  • "you are taxing my patience"
  • assign a task to
  • "I tasked him with looking after the children"
task
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 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.

 

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