Meaning of TASK in English

I. ˈtask noun

Etymology: 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

Date: 14th century


a. : a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time

b. : something hard or unpleasant that has to be done

c. : duty , function

2. : subjection to adverse criticism : reprimand — used in the expressions to take, call, or bring to 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

II. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1. : to assign a task to

employees task ed with updating the files

2. obsolete : to impose a tax on

3. : to oppress with great labor

task s his mind with petty details

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.