Definition of committee in English:

committee

noun

  • 1treated 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’
    • ‘Also, many thanks to all the committee members who generously gave of their time.’
    • ‘As the committee members agreed, the office has put out some very effective reports.’
    • ‘The committee members attended a function in the Civic Offices last Friday night.’
    • ‘I was a member of the committee that looked at the restructuring of the producer boards.’
    • ‘People wishing to join the draw should contact any committee member of the club.’
    • ‘It was a highly successful event and a credit to the organisers and committee members.’
    • ‘A special word of thanks to all the committee members who work tirelessly behind the scenes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All families who use our services, and past committee members and staff are welcome.’
    • ‘The members of the committee will have to go back and talk about the issue until they can come to a decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An emergency meeting of the committee members met last Friday to decide what action to take.’
    • ‘At a meeting of the planning committee this week, members voted whether to take out a commitment order.’
    • ‘Those will be debated at school board finance committee meetings over the next three months.’
    • ‘Area committee members will also visit the streets before their next meeting.’
    • ‘I am a member of that committee, and I am sure that we will give the bill the attention it deserves.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in joining the show committee can contact any committee member for information.’
    • ‘Full credit to the members of the organising committee who worked so hard to make the night such a success.’
    group, advisory group, team, body, jury, council, board, commission
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    1. 1.1 A group of people appointed by a legislature to consider the details of proposed legislation.
      ‘there was much scrutiny in committee’
      • ‘He agreed with much Mr Kearley had said, and would be prepared to consider amendments in committee.’
      • ‘He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.’
      • ‘The new organization set up a parliamentary committee in 1871 to lobby on legislation.’
      • ‘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 is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
      • ‘Identical reports might elicit different responses from different committees.’
      • ‘Several committees of the European Parliament had recommended such a course of action before any agreement was concluded.’
      • ‘The two relevant parliamentary committees that have so far considered it have recommended that Berry is given the independent inquiry he seeks.’
      • ‘Instead of having formal legislative powers, like the House of Lords, he suggested parliamentary committees could refer questions to the advisory panel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, it should be noted that other parliamentary committees can also play a role in the supervision of legislation.’
      • ‘The opposition, however, has proposed amendments that contradict the parliamentary joint committees recommendations.’
      • ‘It was reasonable to defend the committee's reasoning, although not all defences found favour.’
      • ‘The screens will allow passers-by to see what is going on inside the debating chamber of the Parliament and its committees.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘After a first year of finding their feet, the parliamentary committees are well placed to make key contributions to Scotland's governance.’
      • ‘She even alleged he tried to prevent her from appearing before key parliamentary committees on the accounting mess.’
      • ‘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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  • 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.

Pronunciation

committee

/kəˈmɪdi//kəˈmidē/