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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Examples of committee in a Sentence

We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee. The bill has been referred back to committee.
Recent Examples on the Web His campaign committee is behind a negative website,, which paints Savas as dishonest. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Pat Chesbro organized her campaign committee, Chesbro for Alaska, in a Wednesday morning filing with the Federal Elections Commission. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 Our committee remained laser-focused on modernizing and transforming our commercials contracts. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 5 May 2022 Our amazing negotiating committee heard what members needed and delivered new contracts with more money for streaming, more contributions to the health plan, limitations on self-tape auditions, hair and makeup equity, intimacy protections and more. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 The agency typically waits for a recommendation from its committee before making a decision, and usually follows that recommendation. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Another bill that would shut down three ocean oil rigs off the Orange County coast passed its first committee but still faces steep political obstacles, my colleague Phil Willon writes. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Despite inflation surpassing 9% in February, her monetary policy committee will only target a return back to 4% for 2024. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 His campaign committee received $167,971 during the first quarter. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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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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