task force

noun

Definition of task force 

: a temporary grouping under one leader for the purpose of accomplishing a definite objective

Examples of task force in a Sentence

They appointed a task force to review the situation.

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The new task force is led by the Justice Department and consists of agencies including the SEC, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's New Task Force Will Take On Crypto Crime," 11 July 2018 One task force was named Bosporus, for the strait in Turkey separating Asia and Europe. New York Times, "Neo-Nazi Terrorist Jailed for Life in Case That Shamed Germany’s Spies," 11 July 2018 The American Association for State and Local History’s 250th anniversary task force has already begun working to plan creative and ambitious ways to make history relevant and accessible in 2026. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 Chicago police are aware of the video, and detectives and the human trafficking task force are investigating, according to an email from the department's Office of Communications. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom, activists find missing Milwaukee girl in Chicago after disturbing video posts on Facebook," 29 June 2018 The task force is funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-Galveston Area Council continuing regional DWI Task Force for July 4 weekend," 27 June 2018 The task force is run by Al Green, a 28-year-old church deacon from Jamaica who stands ready to help at every step. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants," 25 June 2018 The submarine commander only knows what direction to shoot and that the target is a Chinese naval task force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Is the Navy’s Secret 'Sea Dragon' Weapon?," 11 June 2018 In addition she has been appointed to numerous committees and task forces. The Aegis, "Mary Hastler, Harford Library CEO, receives state group's Outstanding Member award," 11 June 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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task force

noun

English Language Learners Definition of task force

: a group of people who deal with a specific problem

: a military force that is sent to a particular place to deal with a problem

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