sub·​com·​mit·​tee ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio)
: a subdivision of a committee usually organized for a specific purpose

Examples of subcommittee in a Sentence

The Senate has formed a subcommittee to set up an investigation.
Recent Examples on the Web Speaking to a Senate subcommittee on May 16, 2023, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, IBM chief privacy officer Christina Montgomery and NYU professor emeritus Gary Marcus gave suggestions for regulating the AI industry—and highlighted the associated perils. Joshua Ben Rosen, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2023 The subcommittee shared stories of working with division staff with high caseloads, including supervisors carrying caseloads, that led to staff burnout and a revolving door of caseworkers, the work group said in its report. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2023 At a meeting of the MBTA board of directors’ safety subcommittee conducted hours after Charles/MGH station was evacuated, Ronald Ester, then the T’s chief safety officer, provided information about the incident, but didn’t disclose that the standpipe had failed. Laura Crimaldi,, 17 Sep. 2023 There has been some movement on the issue; in July, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on the historically bipartisan support for the child tax credit. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2023 The spokesperson for the Democratic members of the subcommittee did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 6 Sep. 2023 Loudermilk himself alleged only that the information his subcommittee has is incomplete, not that it was all destroyed. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 An audience member wears a UFO pin during a House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee hearing on UFOs, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 Following the hearing, three Republicans and one Democrat on the House subcommittee sent a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., calling for the establishment of a select committee to investigate UAP further. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcommittee was in 1606

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“Subcommittee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2023.

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sub·​com·​mit·​tee ˈsəb-kə-ˌmit-ē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio)
: a part of a committee usually organized for a certain purpose

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sub·​com·​mit·​tee ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio)
: a subdivision of a committee that is assigned a portion of the committee's jurisdiction, holds hearings, amends legislation, and reports to the committee
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