task force


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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This summer, 20 experts in civil rights and artificial intelligence authored a letter to the task force with preliminary suggestions about what policy could look like. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 The June 14 arrest followed another prostitution arrest on April 5, 2017, when a Lake County Sheriff’s Office task force sent an undercover agent into Gem Spa. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Following prostitution arrest, Mundelein suspends spa's business license," 10 July 2018 Earlier this year, the Sandy Springs City Council formed a 12-member citizens’ task force to develop a vision and plan for the north end. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs sets north end open house," 4 July 2018 In a statement, a Malaysian government task force investigating the 1MDB affair said that Mr. Najib had been arrested in connection with SRC International, a onetime subsidiary of 1MDB. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Malaysia’s Ex-Leader, Najib Razak, Is Charged in Corruption Inquiry," 3 July 2018 Schentrup, 44, is expected to represent the district on outside task forces on school safety and serve as a liaison on safety issues between the public and Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. Megan O'matz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mother of slain Stoneman Douglas student to get school district security post," 22 June 2018 Police set up a special task force to address the issue. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Meet the People Empowering Baltimore Teens With Dirt Bikes, Burgers, and Yoga," 27 Aug. 2018 Nevertheless, health researchers, hospital organizations, policy makers, and state task forces have been working to understand and reverse the horrific numbers—often doing so with limited resources and reliance on volunteers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Why do so many moms die and suffer in the US? Stupid negligence," 27 July 2018 And Loewentheil, 32, is quite familiar with Baltimore: In 2015, Obama appointed him to lead a special White House task force to identify resources for Baltimore after rioting that year. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "A big-money challenger roils Southeast Baltimore's election with focus on crime, safety," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of task force

1941, in the meaning defined above

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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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