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spoken English48.71%written English51.29% conversational speech7.28%task-oriented speech92.72% imaginative writing8.84%informational writing91.16%
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Committee is sometimes a misspelling of committed or committees.

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Definition of the noun committee

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noun - plural: committees

  1. a special group delegated to consider some matter
    • example: a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of committee: commission
    • more generic terms: administrative body / administrative unit = a unit with administrative responsibilities
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • 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
      • political action committee / PAC = 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
      • panel / jury = 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
    • members:
  2. a self-constituted organization to promote something

Alternative definition of the noun committee


  1. a group of persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols
  2. [archaic] a guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.


Committee is a musical group.

  • also known as Committe, Le Petit Sam Pres. Committe
  • albums: "Agria", "Be Quiet / Sunglasses", "Trance Line", "Welcome", "Trance Line (TCR Remixes)", "Drop The Bass", "Ripping It Up", "May It Be", "Moonshine", "Esperanza"


  1. The Committee is a fictional organization in the Marvel Universe.
  2. The committee this person is or was a member of.
  3. Committee: The name of the committee.
  4. Committee is a British product design studio.

Phrases with Committee

Phrases starting with the word Committee:

  1. committee member
  2. committee meeting
  3. committee for state security

Phrases ending with the word Committee:

  1. By Committee
  2. Joint committee
  3. ethics committee
  4. select committee
  5. finance committee
  6. citizens committee
  7. standing committee
  8. steering committee
  9. Executive Committee
  10. vigilance committee
  11. welcoming committee
  12. blue ribbon committee
  13. Exploratory committee
  14. ways and means committee
  15. political action committee
  16. international olympic committee
  17. security intelligence review committee

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Committee

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2008)


Principal campaign committee means a political committee designated and authorized by a candidate pursuant to 11 CFR...

A delegate committee is a group of persons that receives contributions or makes expenditures for the sole purpose of ...

Google previewParliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa. A Shift in Power (2008)

A Shift in Power by Len Verwey, Kate Lefko-Everett, Ahmed Mohamed, Musa Zamisa

argue: “Consolidating control within one committee is an institutional means to overcome the common pool problem; it establishes a mechanism to contain spending pressures.” On the other hand, with a ...

Google previewNational Parliaments and European Democracy (2007)

A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism by Olaf Tans, Jit Peters, Carla M. Zoethout

The Committee is the decisionmaker in the scrutiny of EU affairs: ';...the parliamentary standing committee dealing with European Union affairs shall have the...

Therefore, the committee is an ideal decision-maker: flexible and responsive.

Google previewHow to Talk (2006)

Meeting the Situations of Personal and Business Life and of Public Address by John Mantle Clapp, John Clapp, Mantle, Edwin A. Kane

The committee is a small group. It is not a part of the whole, but rather a representation of the whole. It has time; its attention is easily concentrated ; its efforts are definitely assigned to a single task. No formal mechanism hinders second ...

Google previewCorporate Director's Guidebook (2007)

by American Bar Association. Committee on Corporate Laws

The audit committee is a critical component of the corporate governance structure of public companies because it has...

Google previewEuropean Union (2013)

Publication of Financial Sector Assessment Program Documentation—Technical Note on European Banking Authority by International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

The Joint Committee is a forum of cooperation on cross sector issues for three ESAs. Established on January 1, 2011 (Article 54 to 57 of the ESAs), it succeeded the former Joint Committee on Financial Conglomerates. The Joint Committee ...

Google previewEssentials Of Management (2006)

by Harold Koontz, Heinz Weihrich

A committee is a group of persons to whom, as a group, some matter is committed. Committees may be line or staff, formal or informal, permanent or temporary. Committees are used for obtaining group deliberation and judgment, ...

Google previewThe Foreman/Supervisor’s Handbook (2012)

by Carl Heyel

Steering Committee A Steering Committee is the planning and decision-making part of a QCC system.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement (2004)

by John E. Findling, Kimberly D. Pelle

Olympic Committee is a dysfunctional, unhealthy organization that needs radical restructuring before it can resume its mission of serving the nation s best athletes"; (Washington Post, 14 February 2003, reporting on testimony before ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Political Parties (2009)

by Harold F. Bass Jr.

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act Conservative Opportunity Society Committee to Reelect the President Democratic Advisory Council Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Democratic Leadership Council Democratic National ...

Google previewOregon Biographical Dictionary (1999)

by Jan Onofrio

charging him with bigamy, desertion, and living under an assumed name, but a Senate committee decided the charges did not merit investigation; chairman, Committee on Railroads (Forty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for election ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evaluation (2005)

by Sandra Mathison

The Joint Committee was created in 1975 and is a coalition of major professional associations concerned with the quality of evaluation. Sponsoring organizations have included the American Association of School Administrators, American ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

It concerned itself withthe integration of East European immigrants,and to promotetheir considerate treatmentformed anAliens Committee in1905, the year Parliament passed an act restrictingalien immigration. Education has beenanabiding ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Intelligence Failures (2014)

by Glenmore S. Trenear-Harvey

XX COMMITTEE During World War II, MI5 solved the age-old problem of gaining approval from the relevant authorities to supply information to the enemy by gathering together representatives of the War Office's military intelligence directorate, ...

Google previewAlabama Biographical Dictionary (1998)

by Jan Onofrio

Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty- fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Eighty-sixth Congress), chairman, Committee on Banking and ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (2006)

by Rehva,

The Documentation Committee, later renamed the Publishing Committee, plays a key role in enabling REHVA to realise its aims. One of the projects undertaken by the Committee was the first edition of this book-a multilingual dictionary of the ...

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Usage statistics about committee

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun committee:

spoken English48.71%written English51.29% conversational speech7.28%task-oriented speech92.72% imaginative writing8.84%informational writing91.16%

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Quotes about Committee

If you ever live in a country run by a committee, be on the committee. (William Graham Sumner)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3I1T1T1E1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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