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.
Recent Examples on the Web Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Biden's global envoy for climate change, spoke to the task force about the upcoming international negotiations in which the United States, which once again is part of the Paris Agreement, will take part. Lisa Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "Task force launches government into climate fight," 11 Feb. 2021 Reassigning the case to the hate crimes task force from the Central Robbery Division, which investigates transit crimes, was unnecessary, the chief said, and would have slowed the investigation while a new detective got up to speed. New York Times, "Attacker Stalked Women in Brooklyn for Weeks as Police Stayed Silent," 4 Feb. 2021 He had been assigned to a U.S. Marshals Office fugitive task force that had just finished an unsuccessful search for a fugitive Friday afternoon. CBS News, ""Multiple gunshot wounds" killed Black man shot by Ohio deputy, coroner says," 9 Dec. 2020 Flowers was part of a task force to find solutions to reduce the state’s high property taxes, but that group never produced a final report. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Some find common ground on need for reducing Illinois’ high property taxes to boost economy," 3 Feb. 2021 Fairview Park Council President Michael Kilbane said the make-up of the task force is important. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park seeks resident volunteers for anti-racism task force," 22 Jan. 2021 Walsh earlier this month signed an ordinance creating an independent office to investigate officer misconduct, which was seen as one of the task force’s most significant proposals. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "On MLK holiday in Boston, renewed calls for defending civil rights," 18 Jan. 2021 Pierre Van Damme, a senior member of the task force, said Monday that using only one shot would allow for the vaccination of the majority of Belgium’s 11.5 million inhabitants before the summer. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "U.K. Delays Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose as Europe Ponders How to Speed Up Immunization," 30 Dec. 2020 Councilman Loren Taylor, the co-chair of the task force, said including young people was an obvious decision. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "‘Defund the police’ is more than a protest cry for these youths. They’re helping steer Oakland effort," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of task force

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Task force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/task%20force. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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