task

task, duty, assignment, job, stint, chore are comparable when they mean a piece of work which one is asked to do and is expected to accomplish.
Task refers to a specific piece of work or service usually imposed by authority or circumstance but sometimes undertaken voluntarily
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some person or some organization whose task it is to realize the daydreams of the masses— Huxley

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the spirit in which judge or advocate is to look upon his taskCardozo

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Duty is likely to indicate work, service, or conduct enjoined on a person because of his rank, status, occupation, or affiliation; it is more likely in most uses to suggest obligation, often moral, than specific imposition by a taskmaster
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it is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is— John Marshall

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some of the military branches having a preferred status . . . had higher pay scales for less dangerous dutiesKingsley Davis

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Assignment suggests a specific amount of work or sort of service assigned authoritatively
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it is not our assignment to settle specific questions of territories— Truman

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Job is a general term wide in suggestion ranging from voluntary undertaking of some signal service down to an assigned bit of menial work
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a job that suffers from some relative poverty in charm, such as totting up endless small sums at a desk or feeding coal in at the door of a furnace— Montague

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Stint stresses carefully or equitably measured or timed apportionment of work
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took to doing "German Romance" as my daily work, ten pages daily my stintCarlyle

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Chore is likely to suggest minor routine activity necessary for continuing satisfactory operating (as of farm or office)
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leisure after the chores and happy meeting places where the farmer and his family might play— Burlingame

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Analogous words: *function, office, duty, province: *work, labor, toil: employment, occupation, business (see WORK)

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