sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio) , ˌsəb-kə-ˈmi-\

Definition of subcommittee

: 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.

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The hearing, which will be held by members of a land-use subcommittee, could be one of the last public forums before the Council decides its fate in mid-October. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "4 Jails in 5 Boroughs: The $8.7 Billion Puzzle Over How to Close Rikers," 4 Sep. 2019 Shimkus is the senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Republican leader of its subcommittee on the environment and climate change. Rick Pearson,, "Downstate Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus won’t seek reelection after 12 terms in Congress," 31 Aug. 2019 The move to transparency from the conference office follows the direction set last month by Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson, who chairs a subcommittee on officiating and has become a key voice on a topic of supreme importance. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Pac-12 makes significant shift to transparency in football officiating (without going too far)," 27 Aug. 2019 The International Union for Conservation of Nature, which sets global standards for species extinction, created a horseshoe crab subcommittee in 2012 to monitor the issue. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "The Blood of the Crab," 23 Aug. 2019 Some boards have a subcommittee that specifically handles executive pay. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Southeast Michigan nonprofit CEO pay has jumped. Here's why," 23 Aug. 2019 In three previous attempts, in the wake of Sandy Hook in 2013, in 2016 and after Las Vegas in 2017, the bill died in committees and subcommittees before ever coming up for a vote. Melissa Chan, Time, "Just About Everyone But the Gun Maker Gets Sued After a Mass Shooting," 20 Aug. 2019 In Santa Rosa, a city subcommittee that included the mayor recommended consideration of an all-electric reach code in the coming months, after outreach efforts and public meetings, the first of which will be held next month. Elena Shao,, "Bay Area cities poised to follow Berkeley’s natural gas ban," 19 Aug. 2019 Although immigrants are considered one of Baltimore’s hard-to-count populations, a separate subcommittee will focus on immigrant-specific challenges to census participation. Juliana Kim,, "5 takeaways from Baltimore’s plan for the 2020 census," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of subcommittee

1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subcommittee

: a part of a committee that is organized for a certain purpose


sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio) \

Legal Definition of subcommittee

: 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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