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Definition of task verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

task

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tɑːsk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæsk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they task
BrE BrE//tɑːsk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæsk//
 
he / she / it tasks
BrE BrE//tɑːsks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæsks//
 
past simple tasked
BrE BrE//tɑːskt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæskt//
 
past participle tasked
BrE BrE//tɑːskt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæskt//
 
-ing form tasking
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːskɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæskɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] task somebody (with something) (formal) to give somebody a task to do NATO troops were tasked with keeping the peace. Word Origin Middle English: from an Old Northern French variant of Old French tasche, from medieval Latin tasca, alteration of taxa, from Latin taxare ‘censure, charge’, perhaps from Greek tassein ‘fix’. An early sense of the verb was ‘impose a tax on’.
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