A task can be big or small, easy or really hard — but it's never more than a job that needs to get done.

Chop chop! There's a task that needs completing, and you're just the person for the job. If you're smart though, you'll figure out a way to task someone else with it, or assign it elsewhere. Task comes to us all the way from the Latin word taxare, which in its earliest days meant "to impose a tax on." So much like the filling out of your tax forms, most tasks are considered chores.

Definitions of task

n any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

labor, project, undertaking
Manhattan Project
code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II
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breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
any undertaking that is easy to do
adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture
a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
a project of personal concern to someone
endeavor, endeavour, enterprise
a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
labor of love, labour of love
productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
endurance contest, marathon
any long and arduous undertaking
anything that requires little thought
a task to be dealt with
large order, tall order
a formidable task or requirement
any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
an easy task
school assignment, schoolwork
a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise, racket
an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
joint venture
a venture by a partnership or conglomerate designed to share risk or expertise
a venture at something new or different
forlorn hope
a hopeless or desperate enterprise
writing assignment, written assignment
an assignment to write something
campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
sally, sallying forth
a venture off the beaten path
danger, peril, risk
a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
business activity, commercial activity
activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
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activity directed toward making or doing something

n a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

“the endless task of classifying the samples”
chore, job
ball-breaker, ball-buster
a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
an individual's prescribed share of work
scut work
trivial, unrewarding, tedious, dirty, and disagreeable chores
Type of:
work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

v assign a task to

“I tasked him with looking after the children”
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

v use to the limit

Type of:
extend, strain
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

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