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English noun: task

1. task (act) any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted


SamplesHe prepared for great undertakings.


Synonymslabor, project, undertaking


Broader (hypernym)work


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 hyponymManhattan Project

2. task (act) a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee


SamplesEstimates 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.


Synonymschore, job


Broader (hypernym)duty


Narrower (hyponym)ball-breaker, ball-buster, scut work, shitwork, stint


English verb: task

1. task (social) assign a task to


SamplesI tasked him with looking after the children.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

2. task (consumption) use to the limit


SamplesYou are taxing my patience.


Synonymstax


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)extend, strain









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