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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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)extend, strain

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