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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After passing several bills earlier this week, the House of Representatives is expected to reconcile its approach to energy with the Senate in a conference committee before formal sessions end July 31. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 The money started pouring in after Jordan made headlines attacking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a House committee hearing on the FBI’s Russia investigations. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Meet the Democrat trying to unseat scandal-plagued Rep. Jim Jordan in his heavily Republican district," 11 July 2018 Two smaller proposals also are in the committee’s request. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Monster Jam, Bay Hill highlight sport-incentive requests for bed-tax money," 10 July 2018 Illinois House Bill 5594, now in committee, would require all claims against real estate to be recorded. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Could blockchain technology transform homebuying in Cook County — and beyond?," 9 July 2018 The bill made political waves when it was debated in committees and on the House and Senate floors during Idaho’s 2018 legislative session. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law," 9 July 2018 The bill reintroduced in Washington state this winter would mandate employer contributions to a portable benefits system, but it is stuck in committee. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How an App Could Give Some Gig Workers a Safety Net," 9 July 2018 California state lawmakers on Thursday announced a net-neutrality proposal after a previous plan was weakened last month in a State Assembly committee, The Washington Post's Brian Fung reports. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Spyware theft case offers a cautionary tale for encryption debate," 6 July 2018 It was introduced Friday and heard in committees this week before coming to the votes Thursday in both houses. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmakers approve internet privacy bill, send it to Jerry Brown," 28 June 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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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

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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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