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task

noun uk   /tɑːsk/ us    /tæsk/

task noun (WORK)

B2 [C] a piece of work to be done, especially one done regularly, unwillingly, or with difficulty: We usually ask interviewees to perform a few simple tasks on the computer just to test their aptitude. The government now faces the daunting task of restructuring the entire health service.Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work

task noun (SPEAK ANGRILY)

take sb to task to criticize or speak angrily to someone for something that they have done wrong: She took her assistant to task for/over her carelessness.Chastising and rebuking

task

verb [T usually passive] uk   /tɑːsk/ us    /tæsk/
to give someone a task: We have been tasked with setting up camps for refugees.Giving orders and commands
(Definition of task from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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