Definition of committee in English:

committee

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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’
    • ‘a committee meeting’
    • ‘An emergency meeting of the committee members met last Friday to decide what action to take.’
    • ‘The committee members attended a function in the Civic Offices last Friday night.’
    • ‘All families who use our services, and past committee members and staff are welcome.’
    • ‘I was a member of the committee that looked at the restructuring of the producer boards.’
    • ‘As the committee members agreed, the office has put out some very effective reports.’
    • ‘A special word of thanks to all the committee members who work tirelessly behind the scenes.’
    • ‘The committee also noted that members cannot benefit financially from the trust.’
    • ‘Members wishing to take part in first league please notify any committee member.’
    • ‘People wishing to join the draw should contact any committee member of the club.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in joining the show committee can contact any committee member for information.’
    • ‘At a meeting of the planning committee this week, members voted whether to take out a commitment order.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Mr Merrick thanked all the festival volunteers and the members of the various committees who organised different events.’
    • ‘Full credit to the members of the organising committee who worked so hard to make the night such a success.’
    • ‘Members of the carnival committee scour Europe for the best street performers.’
    • ‘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.’
    group, advisory group, team, body, committee, jury, council, board, commission
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘If no one objects, it will be discussed in further detail in committee, before moving on to the House of Commons.’
      • ‘Several committees of the European Parliament had recommended such a course of action before any agreement was concluded.’
      • ‘The opposition, however, has proposed amendments that contradict the parliamentary joint committees recommendations.’
      • ‘The two relevant parliamentary committees that have so far considered it have recommended that Berry is given the independent inquiry he seeks.’
      • ‘He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, it should be noted that other parliamentary committees can also play a role in the supervision of legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The screens will allow passers-by to see what is going on inside the debating chamber of the Parliament and its committees.’
      • ‘Shouldn't one of the parliament's committees investigate this total waste of money?’
      • ‘He is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
      • ‘Leaving judgement to a parliamentary committee invites a decision on party lines.’
      • ‘Instead of having formal legislative powers, like the House of Lords, he suggested parliamentary committees could refer questions to the advisory panel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was reasonable to defend the committee's reasoning, although not all defences found favour.’
      • ‘Identical reports might elicit different responses from different committees.’
      legislative assembly, legislature, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council
  • 2Law
    A person entrusted with the charge of another person or another person's property.

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

Pronunciation

committee

/kəˈmidē/ /kəˈmɪdi/

Origin

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