task

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
  1. noun
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    synonyms: labor, project, undertaking
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    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)
    assignment
    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
    baby
    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
    no-brainer
    anything that requires little thought
    proposition
    a task to be dealt with
    large order, tall order
    a formidable task or requirement
    venture
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    doddle
    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
    experiment
    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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    work
    activity directed toward making or doing something
  2. noun
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    “the endless task of classifying the samples”
    synonyms: chore, job
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    ball-breaker, ball-buster
    a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
    stint
    an individual's prescribed share of work
    scut work
    trivial, unrewarding, tedious, dirty, and disagreeable chores
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    duty
    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
  3. verb
    assign a task to
    “I tasked him with looking after the children”
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    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  4. verb
    use to the limit
    synonyms: tax
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    extend, strain
    use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
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