committee

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

Definition of committee

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

  2. 2a :  a body of persons delegated to consider, investigate, take action on, or report on some matter an advisory committee; especially :  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

Examples of committee in a Sentence

  1. We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee.

  2. The bill has been referred back to committee.

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Origin and Etymology of committee

see commit


First Known Use: 15th century



COMMITTEE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of committee for English Language Learners

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


COMMITTEE Defined for Kids

committee

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noun com·mit·tee \kə-ˈmi-tē\

Definition of committee for Students

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


Law Dictionary

committee

noun com·mit·tee

Legal Definition of committee

  1. 1 :  a person to whom a charge (as an incompetent) is committed — compare conservator, curator, guardian, tutor

  2. 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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