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task  (tsk)
1. A piece of work assigned or done as part of ones duties.
2. A difficult or tedious undertaking.
3. A function to be performed; an objective.
tr.v. tasked, task·ing, tasks
1. To assign a task to or impose a task on.
2. To overburden with labor; tax.
take/call/bring to task
To reprimand or censure.

[Middle English taske, imposed work, tax, from Old North French tasque, from Vulgar Latin *tasca, alteration of *taxa, from Latin taxre, to feel, reproach, reckon; see tax.]
Synonyms: task, job1, chore, stint1, assignment
These nouns denote a piece of work that one must do. A task is a well-defined responsibility that is usually imposed by another and that may be burdensome: I stayed at work late to finish the task at hand.
Job often suggests a specific short-term undertaking: did little jobs about the house with skill (W.H. Auden).
Chore generally denotes a minor, routine, or odd job: The farmers morning chores included milking the cows.
Stint refers to a persons prescribed share of work: Her stint as a lifeguard usually consumes three hours a day.
Assignment generally denotes a task allotted by a person in authority: His homework assignment involved writing an essay.

task  /tsk/  n. 1 an assignment, job to be performed: His boss gives him specific tasks to do each week. 2 to take s.o. to task: to reprimand, criticize: When he doesnt work hard, his boss takes him to task. task

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