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Task, subst. 1) business imposed, work to be done: (the sun) “his day's hot t. hath ended,” Ven. 530. her husband's shallow tongue in that high t. (of praising her) “hath done her beauty wrong,” Lucr. 80. then be this all the t. it (the tongue) “hath to say,” Lucr. 80 “she, that yet her sad t. hath not said,” Lucr. 80 this my mean t. (of bearing logs) Tp. III, 1, 4. Err. I, 1, 32. Ado I, 1, 301. LLL I, 1, 47 “(keep).” V, 2, 862. John II, 55. R2 II, 2, 145“(undertake).” III, 2, 191. H6A I, 1, 152. H6B I, 1, 9 “(perform).” III, 1, 318. H6C II, 1, 200. III, 2, 52. III, 2, 52 R3 III, 7, 246 (Ff work). Tit. III, 1, 276 “(do).” V, 2, 58 “(do).” V, 3, 150. Oth. IV, 1, 196. IV, 2, 112. Ant. IV, 14, 35 “(do).” Cymb. IV, 2, 260 “(do).” Per. I, 1, 2 (undertake).
2) work, labour, toil: “the heavy ploughman snores, all with weary t. fordone,” Mids. V, 381. “why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore t. does not divide the Sunday from the week,” Hml. I, 1, 75.
3) at t. == censured, blamed: “you are much more at t. for want of wisdom than praised for harmful mildness,” Lr. I, 4, 366 (Q2 and M. Edd. attask'd. cf. the modern to take to t.).
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