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 Biden has hosted more than 100 lawmakers for a visit during his first 100 days, from powerful committee chairs to influential caucus leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, "Chocolate chip diplomacy: Biden courts Congress with gusto," 24 Apr. 2021 Simon assembled an advisory committee of experts from government, the accounting profession, and business, plus Carol. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The overlooked report from the U.S. Treasury you should know about," 23 Apr. 2021 In January, Haley launched a political-action committee, Stand for America, widely seen as another step toward raising her national profile ahead of a potential presidential run. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Nikki Haley touts GOP and talks Trump in Phoenix but sidesteps questions of 2024," 23 Apr. 2021 The advisory committee review also criticizes the communication between law enforcement agencies during the protests as well as police communication with the public. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Protest review finds ‘unprofessional’ behavior, policy violations by Huntsville police," 23 Apr. 2021 Members of the medical community stressed in previous Arizona legislative committee hearings the importance of restricting cannabis messaging that not only reaches children but is tailored in a way that’s attractive to them. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Bipartisan Arizona cannabis bill on hold over billboard advertising near schools," 22 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, the European Medicines Agency's safety committee said its review found the blood clots are a very rare side effect but that the J&J vaccine's benefits outweigh that risk. CBS News, "FDA inspectors find "brown residue" and other violations in plant making Johnson & Johnson vaccine," 22 Apr. 2021 Typically legislative leaders avoid adding language into bills during the conference committee process at the end of the session that haven't passed out of at least one chamber. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana lawmakers slip language prohibiting 'vaccine passports' into legislation," 22 Apr. 2021 Andy Suarez and Pete Pecci are the 2021 golf committee chairpersons. Emmett Hall,, "Weston Rotary Golf Classic helping high school seniors," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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