English noun: task
|1.||task (act) any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted|
|Samples||He prepared for great undertakings.|
|Synonyms||labor, project, undertaking|
|Narrower (hyponym)||adventure, assignment, baby, breeze, child's play, cinch, dangerous undertaking, duck soup, endeavor, endeavour, endurance contest, enterprise, escapade, labor of love, labour of love, large order, marathon, no-brainer, picnic, piece of cake, proposition, pushover, risky venture, snap, tall order, venture, walkover|
|Instance hyponym||Manhattan Project|
|2.||task (act) a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee|
|Samples||Estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars.|
The job of repairing the engine took several hours.
The endless task of classifying the samples.
The farmer's morning chores.
|Narrower (hyponym)||ball-breaker, ball-buster, scut work, shitwork, stint|
English verb: task
|1.||task (social) assign a task to|
|Samples||I tasked him with looking after the children.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something with something|
|Broader (hypernym)||assign, delegate, depute, designate|
|2.||task (consumption) use to the limit|
|Samples||You are taxing my patience.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||extend, strain|