Meaning of “task” in the English Dictionary

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uk /tɑːsk/ us /tæsk/

taskverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /tɑːsk/ us /tæsk/

(Definition of “task” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tasknoun [ C ]

us /tæsk/

a piece of work to be done, esp. one done regularly, unwillingly, or with difficulty:

Our first task after we moved was to find a doctor.
Making these pastries is no easy task.
They face the daunting task of rebuilding their economy.

(Definition of “task” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"task" in Business English

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tasknoun [ C ]

uk /tɑːsk/ us /tæsk/

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.
a big/important/major task
a crucial/key/main task
time-consuming/urgent tasks
easy/menial/simple 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.

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taskverb [ T, usually passive ]

uk /tɑːsk/ us /tæsk/ 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.

(Definition of “task” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)