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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We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee. The bill has been referred back to committee.
Recent Examples on the Web Senate Bill 1530, also known as the cap-and-trade bill, now moves to the Joint Ways and Means committee. oregonlive, "Tons of radioactive fracking waste has been piling up in Oregon landfill: Morning Briefing for Friday, Feb. 14," 14 Feb. 2020 Aided by the Republican Party and a pair of joint fundraising committees, Trump raised $463.5 million in 2019 and ended the year with $196 million in the bank, well ahead of any Democrat and the Democratic National Committee. 9. Bill Allison, Fortune, "The 2020 presidential race might be remembered as when the dam broke on money in U.S. politics," 14 Feb. 2020 The violation was first brought forward during a District 8-6A executive committee meeting near the end of last year’s season. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Duncanville head coach Reginald Samples suspended one game for UIL violation," 12 Feb. 2020 Bouchard also offered his thoughts on Tuesday's committee meeting in an email to The Courier Journal. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Braidy Industries officials say project is 'shovel ready' but still needs $500M to start," 11 Feb. 2020 Nonetheless, the Justice Department says the requests for presidential records, whether from local courts or congressional committees, are unconstitutional and threaten an executive’s ability to operate as president. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump’s executive power grab continues in Supreme Court financial records cases," 7 Feb. 2020 The timing coincides with the Recording Academy’s annual Grammy screening committee meetings, which took place at the Four Seasons in 2016 because the usual host hotel, the Beverly Hilton, was under renovation. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "California Attorney General Examining Complaints About Recording Academy," 6 Feb. 2020 While the possibility has undoubtedly been pondered before, the idea this time is formally contained in a document posted on the city of Waukesha's website for further discussion in a future public art committee meeting. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha is considering a proposal to build a statue honoring music legend Les Paul," 5 Feb. 2020 Then try combining factors: perhaps people in your hometown who gave more than $1,000 to a campaign or committee. Matt Collette, ProPublica, "Reporting Recipe: How to Identify Suspicious Campaign Finance Records," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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“Committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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