task ( tasks plural & 3rd person present) ( tasking present participle) ( tasked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A task is an activity or piece of work which you have to do, usually as part of a larger project.
usu N of -ing, supp N
She used the day to catch up with administrative tasks.
2 verb If you are taskedwith doing a particular activity or piece of work, someone in authority asks you to do it.
The minister was tasked with checking that British aid money was being spent wisely. be V-ed with n/-ing
3 If you take someone to task, you criticize them or tell them off because of something bad or wrong that they have done.
take sb to task phrase V inflects, oft PHR for n/-ing
The country's intellectuals are also being taken to task for their failure to speak out against the regime.
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