Question vs Task - What's the difference?

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Question is a related term of task.

As nouns the difference between question and task

is that question is a sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative while task is a piece of work done as part of one’s duties.

As verbs the difference between question and task

is that question is to ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information while task is to assign a task to, or impose a task on.


Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en noun)
  • A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions' during my yarn, but every ' question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.}}
  • A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
  • A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
  • The story is true beyond question .
    He obeyed without question .
  • * Bible, John iii. 25
  • There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • It is to be to question , whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith.
  • A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
  • interrogation by torture
  • * Macaulay
  • The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question .
  • (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.
  • Made she no verbal question ? Shakespeare King Lear ca. 1606


    * inquiry, enquiry, query, subject, topic, problem, issue, consideration, interrogation, doubt, motion, proposition, proposal

    Derived terms

    * a question of * begging the question * beyond question * bonus question * call into question * chicken-or-egg question * closed-ended question * cross-question * essay question * federal question * in question * indirect question * frequently asked questions/FAQ * leading question * loaded question * multiple-choice question * no questions asked * open question * open-ended question * out of the question * pop the question * previous question * questionable * questionist * questionless * questionnaire * question mark * question-master * question sheet * question time * reverse question * rhetorical question * scaled question * tag question * toss-up question * West Lothian question * yes-no question


  • To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He that questioneth much shall learn much.
  • To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
  • (obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I pray you, think you question with the Jew.


    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * questioner

    See also

    * answer * ask * interrogative




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    (en noun)
  • A piece of work done as part of one’s duties.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A new prescription , passage=As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.}}
  • A difficult or tedious undertaking.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author= Ian Sample
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains , passage=Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.}}
  • An objective.
  • (computing) A process or execution of a program.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "task": difficult, easy, simple, hard, tough, complex, not-so-easy, challenging, complicated, tricky, formidable, arduous, laborious, onerous, small, big, huge, enormous, tremendous, gigantic, mammoth, colossal, gargantuan, social, intellectual, theological, important, basic, trivial, unpleasant, demanding, pleasant, noble, painful, grim, responsible, rewarding, boring, ungrateful, delightful, glorious, agreeable.


    * (piece of work) chore * (difficult undertaking) undertaking * (objective) objective, goal * (process) process

    Derived terms

    * multitasking * subtask * task force * take to task * taskable * taskbody * tasklet * taskmaster


    (en verb)
  • To assign a task to, or impose a task on.
  • On my first day in the office, I was tasked with sorting a pile of invoices.
  • * 1610 , , act 1 scene 2
  • All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come / To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, / To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride / On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task / Ariel and all his quality.
  • * Dryden
  • There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
  • To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
  • To charge, as with a fault.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Too impudent to task me with those errors.


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