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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Synonyms for committee


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 funding designated for education was approved Wednesday by a committee of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the funding is expected to earn the board’s full approval Thursday, according to a department news release., "Families of 1,400 Louisiana children will soon be added to child care assistance program," 19 June 2019 The results will be evaluated by a committee and ultimately help build on the EDC’s five-year strategic-planning process, with the plan expected to be completed by early 2020. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Survey asks: How do you rate life in Pearland?," 19 June 2019 Last month, the Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, citing the development of new security features, told a congressional committee that the début would be delayed until 2026, leaving the question of the redesign to a future Administration. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 The final roster will be decided by a committee that includes head coach Matt Painter (Purdue coach), Ed Cooley (Providence coach), Sean Miller (Arizona coach), Tony Bennett (Virginia coach) and athlete representative Shane Battier. Michael Casagrande |,, "Kira Lewis is finalist for USA Basketball U19 team," 18 June 2019 The situation isn't good for correctional officers or inmates, jail commander Aaron Dobson told a committee of the Milwaukee County Board. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Jail facing staffing crisis due to low salaries, forced overtime," 14 June 2019 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, for example, in January told a key Senate committee that climate change poses a significant risk to national security, despite Trump's past claims that global warming is a hoax (Climatewire, Jan. 30). Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Not All Military Bases Plan for Warming, Watchdog Finds," 14 June 2019 Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver’s parks department, told a land-use committee last year, assuring them with a smile that boxed wine has increased in quality in recent years. John Wenzel, The Know, "What you need to know so you can enjoy drinking beer and wine in a Denver park," 12 June 2019 In a statement, Sunday, the committee said one of the victims was a 20 year old man, killed with a direct gunshot to the chest by the Rapid Support Forces, known as the Janjaweed, a paramilitary group that supports the government. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Mass civil disobedience campaign shuts down Sudanese capital as death toll rises," 10 June 2019

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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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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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