Definition of committee in English:

committee

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural A group of people appointed for a specific function by a larger group and typically consisting of members of that group.

    ‘the housing committee’
    as modifier ‘a committee meeting’
    • ‘A special word of thanks to all the committee members who work tirelessly behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in joining the show committee can contact any committee member for information.’
    • ‘Members wishing to take part in first league please notify any committee member.’
    • ‘Members of the carnival committee scour Europe for the best street performers.’
    • ‘As the committee members agreed, the office has put out some very effective reports.’
    • ‘Mr Merrick thanked all the festival volunteers and the members of the various committees who organised different events.’
    • ‘I was a member of the committee that looked at the restructuring of the producer boards.’
    • ‘Also, many thanks to all the committee members who generously gave of their time.’
    • ‘I am a member of that committee, and I am sure that we will give the bill the attention it deserves.’
    • ‘The committee members attended a function in the Civic Offices last Friday night.’
    • ‘People wishing to join the draw should contact any committee member of the club.’
    • ‘At a meeting of the planning committee this week, members voted whether to take out a commitment order.’
    • ‘The members of the committee will have to go back and talk about the issue until they can come to a decision.’
    • ‘It was a highly successful event and a credit to the organisers and committee members.’
    • ‘An emergency meeting of the committee members met last Friday to decide what action to take.’
    • ‘Those will be debated at school board finance committee meetings over the next three months.’
    • ‘The committee also noted that members cannot benefit financially from the trust.’
    • ‘Area committee members will also visit the streets before their next meeting.’
    • ‘Full credit to the members of the organising committee who worked so hard to make the night such a success.’
    • ‘All families who use our services, and past committee members and staff are welcome.’
    group, advisory group, team, body, jury, council, board, commission
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    1. 1.1 (in the UK) a committee appointed by Parliament to consider the details of proposed legislation.
      ‘there was much scrutiny in committee’
      • ‘Shouldn't one of the parliament's committees investigate this total waste of money?’
      • ‘Identical reports might elicit different responses from different committees.’
      • ‘Another way of looking at the point raised in committee is that if the bill is to benefit the language then it will cost money.’
      • ‘Leaving judgement to a parliamentary committee invites a decision on party lines.’
      • ‘After a first year of finding their feet, the parliamentary committees are well placed to make key contributions to Scotland's governance.’
      • ‘The two relevant parliamentary committees that have so far considered it have recommended that Berry is given the independent inquiry he seeks.’
      • ‘Several committees of the European Parliament had recommended such a course of action before any agreement was concluded.’
      • ‘Because the Scottish parliament has no second chamber, the committees must act as an even-handed forum to ensure that legislation is fair and foolproof.’
      • ‘If no one objects, it will be discussed in further detail in committee, before moving on to the House of Commons.’
      • ‘He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.’
      • ‘He is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
      • ‘Moreover, it should be noted that other parliamentary committees can also play a role in the supervision of legislation.’
      • ‘The screens will allow passers-by to see what is going on inside the debating chamber of the Parliament and its committees.’
      • ‘She even alleged he tried to prevent her from appearing before key parliamentary committees on the accounting mess.’
      • ‘It was reasonable to defend the committee's reasoning, although not all defences found favour.’
      • ‘Instead of having formal legislative powers, like the House of Lords, he suggested parliamentary committees could refer questions to the advisory panel.’
      • ‘The opposition, however, has proposed amendments that contradict the parliamentary joint committees recommendations.’
      • ‘He agreed with much Mr Kearley had said, and would be prepared to consider amendments in committee.’
      • ‘The new organization set up a parliamentary committee in 1871 to lobby on legislation.’
      • ‘However, Parliamentary committees have been established in the UK to examine proposed European legislation and other community matters.’
      legislative assembly, legislature, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council
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    2. 1.2 (in the UK) the whole House of Commons when sitting as a committee.
      • ‘The Fraud Bill has now been committed to a Committee of the Whole House.’
      • ‘I therefore intend to move a Supplementary Order Paper at the Committee of the whole House to replace that clause and to clarify the intent of the original clause.’
      • ‘I will not ask the Minister about them now, because I know the time will come during the select committee stage and the Committee of the whole House.’
      • ‘This is a measure that that Minister will need to justify clause by clause to the House and to the Committee of the whole House as she insists on taking this legislation through all its stages over the next day or two.’
      • ‘That was a decision made by the Committee of the whole House.’
      • ‘However, a Bill may be examined in a Committee of the Whole House.’
      • ‘The Committee of the whole House then considers the bill.’
  • 2Law
    A person entrusted with the charge of another person or another person's property.

    1. 2.1US A person who has been judicially committed to the charge of another because of insanity or mental disability.

Origin

Late 15th century (in the general sense ‘person to whom something has been entrusted’): from commit + -ee.