How can I insert more than 1 row into a mysql table

Hi I have 2 mysql tables  - (no relations defined )

One table  action_def has a column called tasks.
Another table transactions has  a column called task.

I would like to add all the distinct tasks in table transactions to the tasks in action_def.
I tried an insert statement (below) to no avail as subquery returns more than one row.
I include code as it may help explain what I am trying to do although it is clearly incorrect.
INSERT INTO action_def (task) 
from transactions))

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INSERT INTO action_def (task)
 SELECT tasks from transactions group by tasks

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