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 House budget committee will meet Tuesday morning to discuss Parson’s budget vetoes and whether any should be overturned when lawmakers reconvene in September for a veto session. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018 The two House committees have been looking to interview Page all year. CBS News, "Lisa Page to testify behind closed doors," 13 July 2018 Schaafsma told the State Board of Education on July 11 that the committee plans to have an initial plan drafted by its Aug. 23 meeting. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "State works on identifying troubled school districts," 13 July 2018 The facilities committee, however, thinks the larger pool would allow more time for public use, which Camden views as a benefit. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale District 86 considers $164 million referendum, including a $24 million pool at Central," 13 July 2018 The committee's last regular meeting before the August break is July 19, but a special meeting could be called to take up the matter. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hearings set for 2 of Mayor Tom Barrett's Fire and Police Commission picks; 1 drops out," 12 July 2018 For the majority of his time inside the chamber, Beckham remained quiet, staring straight at the five-person committee that will determine if his group’s plans will advance to the next phase. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "David Beckham’s saw first-hand the mixed emotions about his proposed Miami MLS plan," 12 July 2018 The committee also recommended establishing or expanding community policing and outreach programs such as DARE and Watch D.O.G.S. in elementary schools. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD security panel opts against metal detectors, armed teachers," 12 July 2018 The limit would only apply to contributions that the caucus committees spend on state candidates. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "More campaign money could flow to California legislative leaders under new bill," 11 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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