The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Task \Task\ (t[.a]sk), n. [OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. t[^a]che,
for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare to rate, appraise,
estimate. See Tax, n. & v.]
1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite
quantity or amount.
Ma task of servile toil. --Milton.
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close. --Longfellow.
2. Business; employment; undertaking; labor.
His mental powers were equal to greater tasks.
To take to task. See under Take.
Syn: Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery;
study; lesson; stint.