committee

noun
com·​mit·​tee | \ kə-ˈmi-tē , sense 1 also ˌkä-mi-ˈtē\

Definition of committee

1 archaic : a person to whom a charge or trust is committed
2a : a body of persons delegated to consider, investigate, take action on, or report on some matter an advisory committee specifically : a group of fellow legislators chosen by a legislative body to give consideration to legislative matters The bill has been sent back to committee.
b : a self-constituted organization for the promotion of a common object the Olympic Committee the Northwest Wildlife Committee
c US sports, informal : a group of players on a team who share a particular role in the team's play instead of having an individual player principally assigned to that role After going with a committee of running backs last season, the Chiefs were hoping Bam Morris would be able to go the full 16 games as the feature runner, something he has never done in his career.— Bob Fedas

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Synonyms for committee

Synonyms

commission, panel

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Examples of committee in a Sentence

We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee. The bill has been referred back to committee.

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The intrusion was detected in April by an NRCC vendor, who alerted the committee and its cybersecurity contractor. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 Wagner, a waste-hauling millionaire, pumped more than $10 million of his own cash into his campaign and has spread hundreds of thousands more around the state since last year to boost GOP committees and candidates. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018 Five days later, Flagstone donated $3,000 to Scott’s political committee and another $50,000 the following month. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scott helps donors who pad his campaign accounts, critics say," 13 July 2018 That can give the advantage to one strong voice over the kinds of deliberative committees and blue-ribbon panels that are a mainstay of Western government decisionmaking. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 If the measure advances beyond the committee and the full UG Commission, city staff will develop final cost estimates in October and work out a construction time line. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "New location, operator for downtown Kansas City, Kan., grocery store revealed," 10 July 2018 This morning, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor and psychologist from California, is testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary committee in Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Christine Blasey Ford's Opening Statement at Brett Kavanaugh's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Merkley's amendment passed unanimously out of committee and went on to become law. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 The total cost of the committee’s recommended raises amounts to $171,007. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar commissioners OK salary increase, seek military transition center bids," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of committee

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for committee

Middle English commyttee, from committen "to commit" + -ee -ee entry 1

Note: Stress on the penultimate syllable is perhaps by association with Latin comitia comitia.

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The first known use of committee was in the 15th century

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committee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of committee

: a group of people who are chosen to do a particular job or to make decisions about something

committee

noun
com·​mit·​tee | \ kə-ˈmi-tē \

Kids Definition of committee

: a group of persons appointed or elected to study a problem, plan an event, or perform a specific duty

committee

noun
com·​mit·​tee

Legal Definition of committee

1 : a person to whom a charge (as an incompetent) is committed — compare conservator, curator, guardian, tutor
2a : a body of persons delegated or assigned to consider, investigate, act on, or report on some matter especially : a group of fellow legislators chosen by a legislative body to consider legislative matters (as drafting bills or conducting hearings) the Senate judiciary committee — see also conference committee, joint committee
b : a private organization for the promotion of a common object political action committees — compare council

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