task task [tɑːsk ǁ tæsk] noun [countable]
1. a piece of work that must be done, especially one that must be done regularly:

• Scheduling is a key task for most managers.

• day-to-day management tasks

• computers that can do dozens of tasks at the same time

2. a piece of work that is difficult but very important:
task of

• the Bundesbank's task of keeping the currency stable

• He faced the daunting task (= one that is difficult and slightly frightening ) of leading the largest experiment ever in employee ownership.

3. take somebody to task to tell someone that you strongly disapprove of something they have done:

• The tobacco companies have been taken to task for exposing their cigarette brands to kids.

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task UK US /tɑːsk/ US  /tæsk/ noun [C]
WORKPLACE a piece of work that needs to be done, especially one that is a regular part of someone's job: »

The new team's first task will be to ensure a smooth handover of power.

carry out/complete/do a task »

Those in charge of planning the relocation will need to decide what tasks need to be carried out.

assign/give/set sb a task »

A small team at head office has been assigned the task of setting up a central database.


perform/undertake a task


a big/important/major task


a crucial/key/main task


time-consuming/urgent tasks


easy/menial/simple tasks


administrative/creative/sales tasks

a difficult thing that must be done: a challenging/daunting task »

The government faces the daunting task of restructuring the pension system.

a difficult/hard/impossible task »

With the cost-cutting complete, the bank is faced with the more difficult task of generating increased revenues to convert into profit.

IT an action done by a computer such as starting a program, checking email, saving files, etc.: »

By automating repetitive tasks, software programs can save people a lot of time.

do/execute/perform a task »

A mainframe's speed is measured in the number of tasks it can perform in a millisecond.

take sb/sth to task (over sth) — Cf. take sth to task over sth
See also MULTITASKING(Cf. ↑multitasking)
task UK US /tɑːsk/ US  /tæsk/ verb [T, usually passive] FORMAL
to give someone a difficult job to do: task sb with (doing) sth »

The parent company is being tasked with turning around two new acquisitions.

task sb to do sth »

The company completed only a small fraction of the 150 health clinics it was tasked to build.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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