Pronunciation: (task, täsk), [key]
1. a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.
2. any piece of work.
3. a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.
4. Obs.a tax or impost.
5. take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
1. to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; put a strain upon (powers, resources, etc.).
2. to impose a task on.
3. Obs.to tax.
of or pertaining to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.
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