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task

noun A job, duty or act.

verb To perform a job, duty or act.
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for I have been set to do a task which no one in the whole world could do, let him be ever such a genius!
"Because I was talking about `household tasks' in the sentence before, and it IS one of my household tasks.
'T is a long and weary task, for you have made no friends to help you, and will have to seek for them alone.
I rose next morning with a feeling of hopeful exhilaration, in spite of the disappointments already experienced; but I found the dressing of Mary Ann was no light matter, as her abundant hair was to be smeared with pomade, plaited in three long tails, and tied with bows of ribbon: a task my unaccustomed fingers found great difficulty in performing.
'"Our dear mother," faltered the fair Alice, "was living when these long tasks began, and bade us, when she should be no more, ply them in all discretion and cheerfulness, in our leisure hours; she said that if in harmless mirth and maidenly pursuits we passed those hours together, they would prove the happiest and most peaceful of our lives, and that if, in later times, we went forth into the world, and mingled with its cares and trials--if, allured by its temptations and dazzled by its glitter, we ever forgot that love and duty which should bind, in holy ties, the children of one loved parent--a glance at the old work of our common girlhood would awaken good thoughts of bygone days, and soften our hearts to affection and love."
It was not and is not a mere educational task. Anybody could teach boys trades and give them an elementary education.
But how slight a consideration was this, when he reflected that the eternal welfare of a whole race of men depended upon his accomplishment of the task which he had set himself!
So Cowper accepted the task thus set for him, and began to write.
'Then say you will give me,' said the little man, 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen.' 'That may never be,' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done, she said she would do what he asked.
The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved.
There must be no intermission or slackening in your task, and that can only be properly carried out by the Countess Radantz and from Dorset House."
Instead of that, I do it in these days like a task that is set me."