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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.]
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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]
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(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.
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 a group of people appointed or elected to administer, discuss, or make reports concerning a subject on which its members are authorities.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
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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
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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
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[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
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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
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[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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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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My dear Mrs Veneering, do let us resolve ourselves into a Committee of the whole House on the subject.'
A committee of twelve members was chosen to examine the proofs brought forward by Morcerf.
THE Committee on Gerrymander worked late, drawing intricate lines on a map of the State, and being weary sought repose in a game of poker.
"Well," Mary remarked, "I've a great deal to say to you, but I must go on--we have a committee." She rose, but hesitated, looking down upon him rather gravely.
In the spring of 1895 I received a telegram from prominent citizens in Atlanta asking me to accompany a committee from that city to Washington for the purpose of appearing before a committee of Congress in the interest of securing Government help for the Exposition.
Applications for passage must be approved by the committee before tickets are issued, and can be made to the undersigned.
President Barbicane had, without loss of time, nominated a working committee of the Gun Club.
At the head of the notables and of the Horticultural Committee shone Mynheer van Systens, dressed in his richest habiliments.
"I have endorsed a resolution on your memorandum and sent it to the committee. I do not approve of it," said Arakcheev, rising and taking a paper from his writing table.
Large blue silk flags were flying from the windows of the Town Arms Inn, and bills were posted in every sash, intimating, in gigantic letters, that the Honourable Samuel Slumkey's committee sat there daily.
What the Managing Committee of the Duskydale Institution thought of the change in me, I cannot imagine.
He demanded the appointment of another special commission to inquire into the question of the Native Tribes Organization Committee. The question of the Native Tribes had been brought up incidentally in the Commission of the 2nd of June, and had been pressed forward actively by Alexey Alexandrovitch as one admitting of no delay on account of the deplorable condition bf the native tribes.

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