a task or piece of work that somebody is given to do, usually as part of their job or studies:
You will need to complete three written assign¬ments per semester; She is in Greece on an assignment for one of the Sunday newspapers; one of our reporters onassignment in China; I had set myself a tough assignment.
These are all words for a piece of work that somebody has to do.
task a piece of work that somebody has to do, especially a difficult or unpleasant one: Our first task will be to set up a communications system. duties tasks that are part of your job: Your duties will include setting up a new computer system. mission an important official job that a person or group of people is given to do, especially when they are sent to another country: They undertook a fact-findingmission in the region. job a piece of work that somebody has to do: I've got various jobs around the house to do.
TASK OR JOB? A task may be more difficult than a job and require you to think carefully about how you are going to do it. A job may be something small that is one of several jobs that you have to do, especially in the home; or a job can be something that takes a long time and is boring and/or needs a lot of patience.
assignment a task that somebody is given to do, usually as part of their job or studies: You must complete three written assignments. chore a task that you have to do regularly, especially one that you do in the home and find unpleasant or boring: household chores
PATTERNS OR COLLOCATIONS • the task/mission/job/chore of (doing) something • (a) daily/day-to-day task/duties/job/chore • (a) routine task/duties/mission/job/assignment/chore • (a/an) easy/difficult/hard/challenging/impossible task/duties/mission/job/assignment • (a) household/domestic task/duties/job/chore • to do a task/your duties/a job/an assignment/the chores • to complete/finish a task/your duties/a mission/a job/ an assignment/a chore • to give somebody a task/their duties/a mission/a job/an assignment/a chore • to be on a(n) mission/job/assignment