[ task, tahsk ]SEE DEFINITION OF task


But, nerved as he was by desperation, he found the task greater than he could compass.

But when the morning came he found the task a difficult one to enter upon.

The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.

He had accomplished the task which he had set himself in his youth.

The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.

Yet do I know what a task I have undertaken, because of the knack you are noted for at writing.

As I eat my breakfast and smoke my pipe, I ponder over my task.

It is true your task has been disagreeable, but not more so than others.

But generally speaking, it does escape them, and lives to finish its task.

Dorcas of Lydda may have been of any age, but, judging by the circumstances, she had not completed her task.


c.1300, "piece of work imposed as a duty," from Old North French tasque (13c., Old French tasche, Modern French tâche) "duty, tax," from Vulgar Latin *tasca "a duty, assessment," metathesis of Medieval Latin taxa, a back-formation of Latin taxare "to evaluate, estimate, assess" (see tax). General sense of "any piece of work that has to be done" is first recorded 1590s. Phrase take one to task (1680s) preserves the sense that is closer to tax.

German tasche "pocket" is from the same Vulgar Latin source (via Old High German tasca), with presumable sense evolution from "amount of work imposed by some authority," to "payment for that work," to "wages," to "pocket into which money is put," to "any pocket."


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