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1 task /ˈtæsk/ noun
plural tasks
1 task
plural tasks
Learner's definition of TASK
: a piece of work that has been given to someone : a job for someone to do任务;工作
see also multitasking

take (someone) to task

: to criticize (someone) harshly严厉批评(某人)。
task, duty, job, and chore mean a piece of work that has to be done.*task、duty、job和chore均指应该完成的工作。
task suggests work given to you by someone who has authority.*task意指由权威人物指派的任务。
duty stresses that someone is responsible for doing the work.*duty强调某工作是某人的职责所在。
job may suggest that the work is necessary, hard, or important.*job可指必要的、困难的或重要的工作。
chore suggests a small, ordinary piece of work that is done regularly.*chore意指定期做的、琐碎的日常工作。
2 task /ˈtæsk/ verb
tasks; tasked; tasking
2 task
tasks; tasked; tasking
Learner's definition of TASK
[+ object]
: to assign (someone) a piece of work : to give (someone) a job to do派给(某人)工作;交给(某人)任务usually used as(be) tasked with通常用作(be) tasked with
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plural tasks
: a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time
: something hard or unpleasant that has to be done
: subjection to adverse criticism : reprimand
… the state government was called to task for not doing more to help the area around the casinos. Stephanie Powers
In the NFL, coaches often aren't brought to task for their worst decisions even after games. Rodger Sherman
see also take to task


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tasked; tasking; tasks

transitive verb

: to assign a task to
employees tasked with updating the files
: to oppress with great labor
tasks his mind with petty details
obsolete : to impose a tax on
Choose the Right Synonym for task

task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done.

task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

charged with a variety of tasks

duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

the duties of a lifeguard

job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

the job of turning the company around

chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

every child was assigned chores

stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

a 2-month stint as a reporter

assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

a reporter's assignment

Example Sentences

Noun Our first task is to review the budget. one of my tasks in the morning is to make lunches for everyone in the family Verb I have been tasked by the host with bringing the pies for Thanksgiving this year.
Recent Examples on the Web
Liberated from the difficult task of having to defend policies and ideas, Republicans play exclusively on offense. Michael Sokolove, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2022 The president assigned him the task of organizing the queen’s trip and escorting her around the state. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Over the weekend a team of Cleveland.com staffers sifted through the entries with the unenviable task of choosing the 10 pets that best embody the Buckeye spirit. Brenda Cain And Yadi Rodriguez - Cleveland.com, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2022 With three weeks of regular-season games remaining, Trout will return to the familiar September task of finishing a season lost to playing for the Los Angeles Angels, of being a superb player for a pedestrian franchise, of hoping change is coming. Tim Brown, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Failing to pass it would mean a reduction in the budget for Osborn, so the hard task of hiring teachers and nurses would become even harder. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 Tong said that being at the task of being at the forefront of gun safety legislation was thrust upon Connecticut in December of 2012. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 13 Sep. 2022 On Monday, Biden will announce Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as the inaugural director of ARPA-H, which has been given the task of studying treatments and potential cures for cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other diseases. Zeke Miller And, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 The task of finding water fell to Fisher and Venus. Ben Okri, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022
Immortality, one of this year’s Tribeca Games selections, will task you with pausing images, and clicking on an object or person. Kris Holt, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Your friends may task you with some DIY projects at the party. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2022 Jha did also task Kumari with taking Anjali to the local hospital every other week for a checkup, so that at she is regularly attended to by a medical professional, even if they are not trained to handle mental health issues specifically. Pallabi Munsi, CNN, 31 May 2022 After the panel’s lineup is set, Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney, who’s been assigned to supervise the special grand jury, will swear in the jurors and task them with their legal responsibilities. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 2 May 2022 And on the national scale, the US Congress has considered reviving the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which could task workers with jobs like retrofitting buildings with better insulation and windows. Matt Simon, Wired, 28 Feb. 2022 The order will also ensure that American cryptocurrency laws align with those of U.S. allies, and will task the Financial Stability Oversight Council to investigate any financial concerns, according to the Associated Press. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 Before your next leadership meeting, task your team with coming up with ideas and suggestions on updating or revamping your processes. Josee Larocque Patton, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The new legislation will task the city board of elections with creating a new municipal voter registration form, implementing staff trainings and notifying individuals of their new voting rights. Kelly Mena, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

Word History



Middle English taske, from Middle French dialect (Picardy, Flanders) tasque, from Medieval Latin tasca tax or service imposed by a feudal superior, alteration of *taxa, from taxare to tax

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of task was in the 14th century
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ADJECTIVE | VERB + TASK | TASK + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEawesome, challenging, daunting, enormous, formidable, great, Herculean, huge, mammoth, massive, monumental令人生畏的任務;充滿挑戰性的任務;令人畏縮的任務;艱巨的任務;異常艱巨的任務;偉大的任務;極其繁重的任務arduous, demanding, difficult, hard, laborious, onerous, stiff, time-consuming, tough, uphill (especially BrE) 艱苦的/費力的/困難的/艱巨的/令人筋疲力盡的/繁重的/艱難的/耗時的/棘手的/艱辛的任務dangerous, hazardous (especially BrE) 危險的任務basic, easy, simple, small, trivial最簡單的/輕鬆的/簡單的/不重要的/無關緊要的任務the simple task of making a sandwich做一個三明治的簡單任務menial, mundane, repetitive, routine, tedious卑賤的/平凡的/重複性的/日常的/枯燥的工作complex, complicated複雜的工作delicate, tricky需小心對待的/棘手的工作hopeless, impossible徒勞的/不可能完成的工作daily, day-to-day, everyday, routine日常工作;常規工作central, fundamental, important, main, major, primary, principal中心任務;基本任務;重要任務;主要任務;首要任務The primary task of the chair is to ensure the meeting runs smoothly.會議主持人的首要任務是確保會議順利進行。critical, crucial, essential, key, vital決定性的/至關重要的/非常重要的/關鍵的/極為重要的任務immediate, urgent當前的任務;當務之急pleasant令人愉快的工作thankless, unenviable, unpleasant費力不討好的/不會令人羨慕的/令人不愉快的工作grim嚴峻的任務the grim task of identifying the dead查明死者身分的嚴峻任務administrative, domestic, household, manual行政工作;家務活兒;體力活兒self-appointed給自己安排的工作VERB + TASKhandle, take on, take upon yourself, undertake處理工作;承擔工作;擔當任務Nobody was willing to take on such a thankless task.沒有人願意承擔這種費力不討好的工作。approach, face, get to grips with, tackle處理工作;正視任務;認真處理任務;應對工作How do you tackle a task like that?你怎麼處理那種工作?begin, start開始工作carry out, do, fulfil/fulfill, get on with, perform做工作;完成任務;執行任務I left her to get on with the task of correcting the errors.我讓她自己繼續改正錯誤。accomplish, complete, finish, succeed in完成工作;圓滿完成任務cope with處理工作fail, fail at, fail in未完成任務allocate, assign (sb), delegate, entrust sb with, give sb, set sb分配工作;指派(某人)任務;委託某人工作She failed to complete the task that she had been set.她未能完成分配給她的工作。be charged with, be faced with, have負責任務;面臨任務;有任務She was charged with the important task of telling the children.她負責通知孩子們這項重要任務。be engaged in從事工作I was engaged in the delicate task of clipping the dog's claws.我那時做的是修剪狗爪這種精細的工作。help in, help sb with幫忙幹活兒;幫某人做工作be suited to適合做某項工作His thick fingers were not well suited to the task.他手指粗,不太適合做這項工作。TASK + VERBinvolve sth, require sth任務涉及⋯/需要⋯The task requires a variety of skills and experience.這項工作需要多種技能和經驗。fall to sb任務落到某人頭上The unenviable task of telling my parents fell to my teacher.通知我父母這件苦差事落在了我老師的頭上。confront sb, face sb任務臨到某人頭上The team have no illusions about the size of the task confronting them.這個隊對他們所面臨任務的艱巨性沒有抱任何幻想。PREPOSITIONtask for⋯須承擔的任務a hard task for the committee委員會的一項艱巨任務task in在⋯方面的任務one of the first tasks in language learning語言學習的首要任務之一PHRASESbe no easy task絕非易事Translating the letter was no easy task.翻譯這封信絕非易事。the task ahead, the task at hand, the task before us, the task in hand (BrE) 今後的任務;手頭的工作;擺在我們面前的任務We need to think realistically about the task ahead.我們需要現實地考慮一下今後的任務。We should stop chatting and get back to the task in / at hand.我們別閒聊了,做手頭的工作吧。
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0_0: Translations of Task
  • # n.
    工作: job, task, work
    課題: issue, matter, object, problem, question, task
    任務: errand, undertaking, assignment, duty, mission, role
    作業: operation, production, school assignment, task, work
  • # v.
    派給工作: task
    責成: enjoin, indebt, instruct, task, give a task

0_0: Definitions of Task
  • # noun.
    - a piece of work to be done or undertaken.
  • # verb.
    - assign a piece of work to.
    * NATO troops are tasked with separating the warring parties

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