Definition of committee in English:

committee

noun

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