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Definition of TASK

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Task \Task\ (t[.a]sk), 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. [1913 Webster]

              Ma task of servile toil.              --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Each morning sees some task begin,
              Each evening sees it close.           --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     2. Business; employment; undertaking; labor.
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              His mental powers were equal to greater tasks.
                                                    --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

     {To take to task}. See under {Take}.
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     Syn: Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery; study; lesson; stint. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Task \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. [1913 Webster]

              There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax. [1913 Webster]

     3. To charge; to tax, as with a fault.
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              Too impudent to task me with those errors. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

234 Moby Thesaurus words for "task":
     accuse, affair, agency, agentship, allege, arraign, article, assignment, attempt, authority, authorization, blame, book, bother, brevet, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, burden, burden with, business, busy, busywork, call to account, calling, care, cargo, censure, chalk talk, chare, charge, chide, chore, cite, commission, commissioning, commitment, complain, consignment, contract, criticize, cure, deadweight, deal, delegated authority, delegation, demand, denounce, denunciate, deputation, devoir, devolution, devolvement, dirty work, discourse, disquisition, donkeywork, drive, drudgery, duty, effort, embassy, employment, empowerment, encumber, engagement, enjoin, enterprise, entrusting, entrustment, errand, exact, executorship, exequatur, exercise, exposition, factorship, fag, fasten on, fasten upon, fatigue, finger, fish to fry, freight, freight with, full power, function, grind, handiwork, handwork, hang something on, harangue, headache, homework, homily, impeach, imply, impose, impose on, impose upon, impute, indict, industry, inflict on, inflict upon, inform against, inform on, insinuate, instruction, job, job of work, jurisdiction, keep busy, labor, lade, lay, lay charges, lay on, lecture, lecture-demonstration, legation, lesson, levy, license, lick, lick of work, lieutenancy, load, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, lumber, make-work, mandate, manual labor, matters in hand, millstone, mission, moil, moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization, nuisance, object lesson, obligation, occupation, odd job, office, onus, operation, oppress, overdrive, overtask, overtax, overwork, pain, piece of work, pin on, place, plan, plenipotentiary power, power of attorney, power to act, preachment, prefer charges, press charges, procuration, program, project, proposition, province, proxy, purview, put, put down, put on, put on report, put upon, rat race, rebuke, recital, recitation, recriminate, regency, regentship, report, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, reprove, responsibility, saddle, saddle with, scold, scut work, sermon, service, set, set task, skull session, slavery, spadework, stint, strain, stroke, stroke of work, struggle, subject to, sweat, take to task, talk, taunt with, tax, teaching, things to do, tiresome work, toil, travail, treadmill, trouble, trust, trusteeship, twit, undertaking, upbraid, venture, vicarious authority, vocation, warrant, weigh, weight, weight down with, work, yoke with


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