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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Examples of committee in a Sentence

We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee. The bill has been referred back to committee.
Recent Examples on the Web The secretary made the same points Monday before a House committee. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Blinken is appearing before a Senate committee on Tuesday. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 14 Sep. 2021 A couple of years ago, serving on a national award committee, Daubechies backed the nomination of an excellent midcareer female mathematician instead of an older male who ended up the winner. New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The campaign is being led by a 21-member committee. Ed Enoch, al, 14 Sep. 2021 The state Senate amended it, allowing Alaskans to opt out of vaccination mandates, but a House committee removed those provisions. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 Unlike a House committee subpoena, a grand jury subpoena can be enforced quickly against the telecommunications company. The Insider, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The county requested proposals from vendors capable and interested in performing this service and a committee was formed to evaluate both the technical and financial proposals of the potential vendors. Madison Bateman,, 12 Sep. 2021 But in this election, the weirdest ads have come from a committee associated with Larry Elder. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 11 Sep. 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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“Committee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 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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