Definitions for COMMITTEEkəˈmɪt i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mit•tee*kəˈmɪt i(n.)

  1. a group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate or act upon a particular matter.

    Category: Government

  2. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.

    Category: Law

* Usage: See collective noun.

Origin of committee:

1425–75; late ME < AF; see commit , -ee

com•mit′tee•ship`(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. committee, commission(noun)

    a special group delegated to consider some matter

    "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle

  2. committee, citizens committee(noun)

    a self-constituted organization to promote something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. committee(noun)əˈmɪt i

    a group chosen to do a job, organize sth, etc.

    the International Olympic Committee; the Committee on Environment and Public Works

Wiktionary

  1. committee(Noun)

    a group of persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols

  2. committee(Noun)

    a guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.

  3. Origin: comité, past participle of commettre, from committere, from con- + mittere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Committee(noun)

    one or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together

  2. Committee(verb)

    one to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian

Freebase

  1. Committee

    A committee is a type of small deliberative assembly that is usually intended to remain subordinate to another, larger deliberative assembly—which when organized so that action on committee requires a vote by all its entitled members, is called the "Committee of the Whole". Committees often serve several different functions: ⁕Governance: in organizations considered too large for all the members to participate in decisions affecting the organization as a whole, a committee is given the power to make decisions, spend money, or take actions. Some or all such powers may be limited or effectively unlimited. For example of the later case, the Board of directors can frequently enter into binding contracts and make decisions which once taken or made, can't be taken back or undone under the law. ⁕Coordination: individuals from different parts of an organization might meet regularly to discuss developments in their areas, review projects that cut across organizational boundaries, talk about future options, etc. Where there is a large committee, it is common to have smaller committees with more specialized functions - for example, Boards of Directors of large corporations typically have an audit committee, finance committee, compensation committee, etc. Large academic conferences are usually organized by a co-ordinating committee drawn from the relevant professional body.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. committee

    A thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMMITTEE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #518

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMMITTEE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #481

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMMITTEE' in Nouns Frequency: #157


Translations for COMMITTEE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

committee(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.

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