› 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) › to criticize a person, group of people, or an organization for doing something that you think is very wrong: Farmers took the large supermarket chains to task over their ruthless pricing. → See also multitasking