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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Raj is right, Leonard says, but the Nobel committee has often favored scientists like Pemberton and Campbell. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Had the Most Touching Scene Between Sheldon and Amy Yet," 17 Jan. 2019 There’s the constituent breakfast, followed by a judiciary committee markup. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 Three of the senators on the Judiciary Committee were on that same committee when Anita Hill was telling her truths. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Time's Up: One Year Later," 3 Jan. 2019 That committee is typically comprised of a group of unionized employees at the company who negotiate on behalf of their colleagues. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 The committee nominated them as a collection of buildings that span 50 years of the architect’s career from the early 19th century to the late 1950s. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated to be World Heritage Sites," 20 Dec. 2018 As a result, DNC officials say the committee is open to collaborating with Hoffman, or perhaps joining forces with him. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 Nurse voted in favor of the new definition in the near-unanimous committee vote, despite previously saying it should be broadened. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs," 12 Dec. 2018 Create opportunities by signing up for things like company volunteer days, office committees, and optional offsites. Macaela Mackenzie, Marie Claire, "5 Things You Must Do Before Asking for a Raise," 6 Dec. 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

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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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