task

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Task is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
task

Plural
tasks

  1. A task is a specific piece of work, often unpleasant.
    Come here, young man. I have a task for you to do.
    Telecommunications systems for hotels now perform many more tasks than just allowing people to make telephone calls.
    When I was young, I had the task of milking the cows.
  2. If you take someone to task, you criticise them strongly.
    Father took her to task for taking the car without asking.

Verb[change]

Plain form
task

Third-person singular
tasks

Past tense
tasked

Past participle
tasked

Present participle
tasking

  1. If you task someone with doing something, you give them that job.

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