com·​mit·​tee | \ kə-ˈmi-tē How to pronounce committee (audio) , sense 2 also ˌkä-mi-ˈtē \

Definition of committee

1a : 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
2 archaic : a person to whom a charge or trust is committed

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web People can sign up to testify on the committee's webpage. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon lawmakers hear from wildfire survivors still waiting on relief," 19 Feb. 2021 The bill, introduced by State Representative John Mark Windle, was passed by a state House committee February 9. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dolly Parton rejects proposed statue of her at Tennessee Capitol: "I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time"," 19 Feb. 2021 The two Republicans have long served on the Joint Finance Committee but are new to leading it as the committee's co-chairmen. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republicans plan to throw out Evers' efforts to legalize marijuana and raise minimum wage," 18 Feb. 2021 Another bill approved by the committee would shorten the time counties have to report records of who voted in an election from 60 days to 30 days. Ben Nadler, ajc, "Georgia House Republicans push to ban Sunday early voting," 18 Feb. 2021 As Newman explained at the committee's Jan. 27 hearing, the amendment vote was then. Star Tribune, "Voter ID is back to haunt Minnesota democracy," 13 Feb. 2021 The city charter proposal was forwarded to the council last Thursday after being approved by the government performance and financial management committee. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "Dallas voters to decide if non-U.S. citizens should be allowed to serve on advisory boards," 10 Feb. 2021 According to The Asahi Shimbun, a national newspaper in Japan, Mori made the demeaning comments during a Japanese Olympic Committee meeting, in reference to the committee's goal of increasing the female representation on its board. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Tokyo 2020 president sparks backlash after suggesting women talk too much in meetings," 4 Feb. 2021 The revelation late in the presidential campaign that parents of hundreds of children had yet to be found by a committee charged with contacting families created outrage anew, prompting Mr. Biden to promise to address the families’ plight. New York Times, "Separated Families: A Legacy Biden Has Inherited From Trump," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of committee

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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25 Feb 2021

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“Committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of committee

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


com·​mit·​tee | \ kə-ˈmi-tē How to pronounce committee (audio) \

Kids Definition of committee

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



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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