n. & v.
n. a piece of work to be done or undertaken.
v.tr. 1 make great demands on (a person's powers etc.). 2 assign a task to. take to task rebuke, scold. task force (or group) 1 Mil. an armed force organized for a special operation. 2 a unit specially organized for a task.
[ ME f. ONF tasque = OF tasche f. med.L tasca, perh. f. taxa f. L taxare TAX ]