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1. A group of people officially delegated to perform a function, such as investigating, considering, reporting, or acting on a matter. See Usage Note at collective noun.
2. Archaic A person to whom a trust or charge is committed.

[From Middle English committe, trustee, from Anglo-Norman comité, past participle of cometre, to commit, from Latin committere; see commit.]


1. a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
2. (Law) (formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his or her property was entrusted by a court. See also receiver2
[C15: from committen to entrust + -ee]


(kəˈmɪt i)

1. a group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate or act upon a particular matter.
2. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see commit, -ee]
com•mit′tee•ship`, n.
usage: See collective noun.


 a group of people appointed or elected to administer, discuss, or make reports concerning a subject on which its members are authorities.


A committee is a group of people who represent a larger group or organization and who make decisions or plans on behalf of that group or organization.

A special committee has been set up.

In British English, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after committee.

Since 1963 the Committee has struggled, unable to shake off its weaknesses.
The National Executive Committee have their travelling expenses paid.

Note that American speakers usually use only a singular verb form with committee.

The North American planning committee has recommended 28 possible topics.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.committee - a special group delegated to consider some mattercommittee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle
administrative body, administrative unit - a unit with administrative responsibilities
Economic and Social Council commission, ECOSOC commission - a commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
blue ribbon commission, blue ribbon committee - an independent and exclusive commission of nonpartisan statesmen and experts formed to investigate some important governmental issue
board - a committee having supervisory powers; "the board has seven members"
election commission - a commission delegated to supervise an election
fairness commission - a commission delegated to ensure opportunities for the expression of opposing views
planning commission - a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
conservancy - a commission with jurisdiction over fisheries and navigation in a port or river
select committee - a parliamentary committee appointed for some special purpose
subcommittee - a subset of committee members organized for a specific purpose
standing committee - a permanent committee
steering committee - a committee to arrange the order of business for some larger (legislative) body
ethics committee, ethics panel - a committee appointed to consider ethical issues
finance committee - a committee appointed to consider financial issues
politburo - the chief executive and political committee of the Communist Party
PAC, political action committee - committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
praesidium, presidium - a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session
zoning commission - a commission delegated to supervise the zoning of areas for residential or commercial use
jury, panel - a committee appointed to judge a competition
vestry - in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church
commissioner - a member of a commission
committee member - a member of a committee
2.committee - a self-constituted organization to promote something
NGO, nongovernmental organization - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
vigilance committee - a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist
welcoming committee - a committee to welcome new residents to a community


noun group, commission, panel, delegation, subcommittee, deputation My report was circulated to all committee members.
"a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done" [attributed to Fred Allen]
"a group of the unwilling, chosen from the unfit, to do the unnecessary" [Richard Harkness]
"Committees are to get everybody together and homogenize their thinking" [Art Linkletter A Child's Garden of Misinformation]
"A committee is a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours"
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A. Ncomité m, comisión f
to be or sit on a committeeser miembro de un comité
committee of inquiry (Parl) → comisión f investigadora
see also executive C
see also management B
B. CPD committee meeting Nreunión f del comité
committee member Nmiembro mf del comité
committee stage N (Parl) fase en la que un proyecto de ley está siendo estudiado por un comité


[kəˈmɪti] ncomité m, commission f
to be on a committee → faire partie d'un comité, faire partie d'une commissioncommittee meeting nréunion f de comité, réunion f de commission


nAusschuss m (also Parl), → Komitee nt; to be or sit on a committeein einem Ausschuss or Komitee sein or sitzen; Committee of 100 (Brit) → Komitee der Hundert; committee meetingAusschusssitzung f; committee memberAusschussmitglied nt


[kəˈmɪtɪ] n takes sg or pl vbcomitato, commissione f (Parliament) → commissione
committee of inquiry → commissione d'inchiesta
to be on a committee → far parte di un comitato or di una commissione


(kəˈmiti) noun or noun plural
a number of persons, selected from a larger body, to deal with some special business, eg the running of the larger body's affairs. The committee meet(s) today; (also adjective) a committee meeting.


لـَجْنَة výbor komité Ausschuss επιτροπή comité komitea comité povjerenstvo comitato 委員会 위원회 commissie komité komitet comité, comitê комитет kommitté คณะกรรมการ komite ủy ban 委员会
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A committee of his political party has besought him for a hundred or two of dollars, in addition to his previous disbursements, towards carrying on the fall campaign.
Now and then there were rumors and murmurs in the Board of Aldermen, and once there was a committee to investigate--but each time another small fortune was paid over, and the rumors died away; until at last the city woke up with a start to find the work completed.
The house now resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to consider the accommodations and arrangements for the meeting.
I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.
I could have been a barkeeper and a hard lot just as well as not," says I, remembering the lonesome way I arrived, and how there wasn't any committee nor anything.
He accepted, and the committee departed, followed by young Tom.
The petition had been largely signed; many tearful and eloquent meetings had been held, and a committee of sappy women been appointed to go in deep mourning and wail around the governor, and implore him to be a merciful ass and trample his duty under foot.
In fact, Miss Dearborn announced on this particular Friday morning that the exercises promised to be so interesting that she had invited the doctor's wife, the minister's wife, two members of the school committee, and a few mothers.
Several wealthy and benevolent individuals in the county subscribed largely for the erection of a more convenient building in a better situation; new regulations were made; improvements in diet and clothing introduced; the funds of the school were intrusted to the management of a committee.
These papers are delivered to a set of artists, very dexterous in finding out the mysterious meanings of words, syllables, and letters: for instance, they can discover a close stool, to signify a privy council; a flock of geese, a senate; a lame dog, an invader; the plague, a standing army; a buzzard, a prime minister; the gout, a high priest; a gibbet, a secretary of state; a chamber pot, a committee of grandees; a sieve, a court lady; a broom, a revolution; a mouse-trap, an employment; a bottomless pit, a treasury; a sink, a court; a cap and bells, a favourite; a broken reed, a court of justice; an empty tun, a general; a running sore, the administration.
A committee of three from each side was appointed, and after months of disputation, a treaty of peace was drawn up and signed.

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