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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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 And to the north, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, qualified for the general election ballot as well. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California's key primaries: Trump-backed John Cox outpaces Villaraigosa for governor, Feinstein takes top spot in Senate contest," 2 Oct. 2018 Google chose to supply the Senate committee with data in a non-machine-readable format. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report," 17 Dec. 2018 According to The Wall Street Journal, the committee tasked with choosing who to commemorate suggested that some monuments might take on themes like women in politics, or center on transgender activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018 Several senators, including members of the powerful Armed Services committee, are opposed to the creation of a new service. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Space Force' May Be Hobbled Before Liftoff," 29 Nov. 2018 The committee would include workers, representatives from stores, and women’s group leaders. Marci Robin, Allure, "McDonald's Workers Plan to Strike to Bring Attention to Sexual Harassment Concerns," 14 Sep. 2018 The committee did express support for those projects. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "To Find Alien Life, NASA Needs Bigger, Bolder Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes," 5 Sep. 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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