task (plural tasks)
- A piece of work done as part of one’s duties.
- A difficult or tedious undertaking.
- An objective.
- (computing) A process or execution of a program.
- The user killed the frozen task.
- (piece of work) chore, job
- (difficult undertaking) undertaking
- (objective) objective, goal
- (process) process
- French: tâche
- German: Aufgabe, Pflicht
- Italian: compito
- Portuguese: tarefa, incumbência, dever
- Russian: зада́ние
- Spanish: tarea, quehacer
task (tasks, present participle tasking; past and past participle tasked)
- (transitive) To assign a task to, or impose a task on.
- On my first day in the office, I was tasked with sorting a pile of invoices.
- 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 1 scene 2
- All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come / To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, / To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride / On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task / Ariel and all his quality.
- c. 1693-1696, John Dryden, Last parting of Hector and Andromache: From the Sixth Book of Homer's Iliads
- There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
- (transitive) To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
- (transitive) To charge, as with a fault.
- (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Island Princess”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 3, scene 3:
- Too impudent to task me with those errors.
- Alternative form of taisch#English|taisch