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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Critics noted the draft bill assigned to the city’s chief executive -- chosen by a committee stacked with Beijing supporters -- the leading role in handling extradition requests; currently the legislature can block extraditions. Washington Post, "Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting and Where It May Go Next," 18 Sep. 2019 The Ravens steered away from their running-back-by-committee approach from Week 1 and instead treated Ingram as a clear No. 1. Childs Walker,, "Ravens snap count analysis from Week 2 win over Cardinals: Marquise Brown’s workload jumps," 17 Sep. 2019 Honor Rows award recipients were selected and approved by a committee consisting of staff from the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank, and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. Mary Grace Keller,, "Local Boy Scouts, Hampstead food pantry recognized by Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism, will be honored at Ravens game," 17 Sep. 2019 The new board members, elected by a nominating committee, included three Jewish women, a transgender woman, a former legislator, two religious leaders and a member of the Lakota nation’s Oglala tribe, the Post reported. Fox News, "Linda Sarsour, other leaders accused of anti-Semitism parting with Women's March," 17 Sep. 2019 Bars and restaurants have been told by the organizing committee to stock up on beer, and resorts have considered relaxing their policies against displaying tattoos, which in Japan are associated with the Yakuza gangs. George Ramsay, CNN, "Japan set to host 'special' World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown," 17 Sep. 2019 The Cubs will have to turn to a Rizzo-by-committee, asking Kris Bryant, Nicholas Castellanos, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber to lift the offense onto their collective shoulders. Paul Sullivan,, "3 questions for the Cubs after a wild weekend sweep of the Pirates, including who steps up in Anthony Rizzo’s absence?," 16 Sep. 2019 Daniel Weems, Center Grove: Junior star running back Carson Steele missed his fourth straight game with a leg injury, so it's been rushing attack by committee for the Trojans to start the season. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for the Indy-area high school football top performer from Week 4," 14 Sep. 2019 That proposal is spearheaded by the political committee Make It Legal Florida, which received more than $1 million in August from two medical-marijuana firms. Orlando Sentinel,, "Florida attorney general opposes recreational marijuana amendment," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of committee was in the 15th century

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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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