Definition of committee in English:



  • 1[treated as singular or plural] A group of people appointed for a specific function, typically consisting of members of a larger group.

    ‘the housing committee’
    [as modifier] ‘a committee meeting’
    • ‘The committee also noted that members cannot benefit financially from the trust.’
    • ‘Area committee members will also visit the streets before their next meeting.’
    • ‘All families who use our services, and past committee members and staff are welcome.’
    • ‘Those will be debated at school board finance committee meetings over the next three months.’
    • ‘Members wishing to take part in first league please notify any committee member.’
    • ‘The committee members attended a function in the Civic Offices last Friday night.’
    • ‘Mr Merrick thanked all the festival volunteers and the members of the various committees who organised different events.’
    • ‘Also, many thanks to all the committee members who generously gave of their time.’
    • ‘At a meeting of the planning committee this week, members voted whether to take out a commitment order.’
    • ‘People wishing to join the draw should contact any committee member of the club.’
    • ‘As the committee members agreed, the office has put out some very effective reports.’
    • ‘Full credit to the members of the organising committee who worked so hard to make the night such a success.’
    • ‘I am a member of that committee, and I am sure that we will give the bill the attention it deserves.’
    • ‘The members of the committee will have to go back and talk about the issue until they can come to a decision.’
    • ‘Members of the carnival committee scour Europe for the best street performers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was a member of the committee that looked at the restructuring of the producer boards.’
    • ‘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.’
    group, advisory group, team, body, committee, jury, council, board, commission
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    1. 1.1A group of people appointed by a legislature to consider the details of proposed legislation.
      ‘there was much scrutiny in committee’
      • ‘Several committees of the European Parliament had recommended such a course of action before any agreement was concluded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She even alleged he tried to prevent her from appearing before key parliamentary committees on the accounting mess.’
      • ‘After a first year of finding their feet, the parliamentary committees are well placed to make key contributions to Scotland's governance.’
      • ‘Identical reports might elicit different responses from different committees.’
      • ‘He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.’
      • ‘The two relevant parliamentary committees that have so far considered it have recommended that Berry is given the independent inquiry he seeks.’
      • ‘The screens will allow passers-by to see what is going on inside the debating chamber of the Parliament and its committees.’
      • ‘If no one objects, it will be discussed in further detail in committee, before moving on to the House of Commons.’
      • ‘Moreover, it should be noted that other parliamentary committees can also play a role in the supervision of legislation.’
      • ‘He is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
      • ‘Instead of having formal legislative powers, like the House of Lords, he suggested parliamentary committees could refer questions to the advisory panel.’
      • ‘However, Parliamentary committees have been established in the UK to examine proposed European legislation and other community matters.’
      • ‘The opposition, however, has proposed amendments that contradict the parliamentary joint committees recommendations.’
      • ‘Leaving judgement to a parliamentary committee invites a decision on party lines.’
      • ‘Shouldn't one of the parliament's committees investigate this total waste of money?’
      legislative assembly, legislature, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council
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  • 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.


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