task

task
[[t]tɑ͟ːsk, tæ̱sk[/t]]
♦♦
tasks, tasking, tasked
1) N-COUNT: usu N of -ing, supp N A task is an activity or piece of work which you have to do, usually as part of a larger project.

Walker had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news to Hill...

She used the day to catch up with administrative tasks.

2) VERB If you are tasked with doing a particular activity or piece of work, someone in authority asks you to do it.

[be V-ed with n/-ing] The minister was tasked with checking that British aid money was being spent wisely.

3) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for n/-ing If you take someone to task, you criticize them or tell them off because of something bad or wrong that they have done.

The country's intellectuals are also being taken to task for their failure to speak out against the regime.

Syn:
rebuke, scold

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