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calling to task

calling to task is a present participle form of call to task

call to task


to censure severely or angrily


communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

called to task

Present participle:

calling to task

3rd-person singular present:

calls to task

Type of:

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Original source:

Princeton WordNet



Definition references


reprimand | reprimands [plural] | reprimanded [past tense] | reprimanding [present participle] | call on the carpet [United States] | bawl out [United States] | berate [United States] | call down [United States] | chew out [United States] | ...

A severe, formal or official reproof; reprehension, rebuke, private or public. | To reprove in a formal or official way. (19 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)



take [entry 1, verb] | took [past tense] | taken [past participle] | taking [present participle] | take a back seat | take a bath | take account of | take advantage of | take after | ...

to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as ; ... | "grasp", "grip" | to catch or attack through the effect of a sudden ... (27 of 2251 words, 82 definitions, 118 usage examples, pronunciations)


Collins Dictionary:

take to task

to criticize or reprove (4 of 271 words, 2 usage examples)


Random House Dictionary:

task | take to task [sense-specific]

a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty. | any piece of work. | a matter of considerable labor or difficulty. ... (26 of 106 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

bawl | bawled [past tense] | bawling [present participle] | bawls [3rd-person singular present] | bawl out | bawler [noun, related]

To cry or sob loudly; wail. | To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout. | To utter in a loud, vehement voice. | A loud, bellowing cry; a wail. | "bawl ... (27 of 79 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

bawl out [transitive, United States, informal] | bawled out [past tense] | bawling out [present participle] | bawls out [3rd-person singular present]

to speak angrily to someone because of something they have done wrong (12 of 56 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:

word [entry 2] | words | have/exchange words | have words | exchange words

[singular] a short discussion or statement | "words": angry words | [disapproving] discussion, rather than action | "have/exchange words": to talk to ... (19 of 107 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism. Among the forms that it can take are a stern rebuke by a legislature, a spiritual penalty imposed by a church, and a negative judgment pronounced on a theological proposition. In politics, a... (41 of 2521 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

scold | chide | chided [past tense] | chidden [past participle] | scolder [derived]

remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily | [archaic, United States] | a woman who nags or grumbles constantly (16 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

chide | chided [past tense] | chid [past tense] | chidden [present participle] | chidingly [adverb, related]

to scold; now, usually, to reprove mildly (7 of 36 words, pronunciations)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

jaw [anatomy]

either of a pair of bones that form the framework of the mouth of vertebrate animals, usually containing teeth and including a movable lower jaw and ... (26 of 394 words, 1 image)


Encarta Dictionary:

bawl out

to shout or cry something out loudly | to tell somebody off loudly and angrily (informal) (15 of 36 words, 2 definitions)

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