task force


Navy, Military. a temporary grouping of units under one commander, formed for the purpose of carrying out a specific operation or mission.
a group or committee, usually of experts or specialists, formed for analyzing, investigating, or solving a specific problem.



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Origin of task force

First recorded in 1940–45
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Example sentences from the Web for task force

  • Tom had plotted a concentric search pattern, focused on the probable position worked out by the task-force computers.

  • They knew that there was a fleet in being which had fought and annihilated a Mekinese task-force many times its size.

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  • Tom immediately contacted Art Wiltessa and the task-force ships.

  • "I gather the Colonel's task-force was becoming insistent," I prompted him.

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British Dictionary definitions for task force

task force


a temporary grouping of military units formed to undertake a specific mission
any semipermanent organization set up to carry out a continuing task
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