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"task" in British English

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tasknoun

uk   /tɑːsk/  us   /tæsk/
  • task noun (SPEAK ANGRILY)

take sb to task to ​criticize or ​speakangrily to someone for something that they have done ​wrong: She took her ​assistant to task for/over her ​carelessness.

taskverb [T usually passive]

uk   /tɑːsk/  us   /tæsk/
to give someone a task: We have been tasked with setting up ​camps for ​refugees.
(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 ​rebuildingtheireconomy.
(Definition of task from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​regularpart of someone's ​job: The new team's first task will be to ensure a ​smoothhandover 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 ​smallteam at ​headoffice has been ​assigned the task of setting up a ​centraldatabase. 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 ​pensionsystem.a difficult/hard/impossible task With the ​cost-cutting complete, the ​bank is faced with the more difficult task of ​generatingincreasedrevenues to ​convert into ​profit.
IT an ​action done by a ​computer such as ​starting a ​program, ​checkingemail, ​savingfiles, etc.: By ​automating repetitive tasks, ​softwareprograms can ​savepeople 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 ​supermarketchains 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 ​parentcompany is being tasked with ​turning around two new acquisitions.task sb to do sth The ​company completed only a ​smallfraction of the 150 ​health clinics it was tasked to ​build.
(Definition of task from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “task”
in Korean 과제…
in Arabic مَهَمّة…
in Malaysian tugas…
in French tâche…
in Russian задание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工作, 任務, (尤指經常、不情願或很難做的)工作…
in Italian compito, mansione…
in Turkish iş, görev, vazife…
in Polish zadanie…
in Spanish tarea…
in Vietnamese nhiệm vụ…
in Portuguese tarefa…
in Thai งานหนัก…
in German die Aufgabe…
in Catalan tasca…
in Japanese 仕事, 任務, 課題…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工作, 任务, (尤指经常、不情愿或很难做的)工作…
in Indonesian tugas…
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