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committee

[kuh-mit-ee] /kəˈmɪt i/
noun
1.
a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter.
3.
Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see commit, -ee
Related forms
committeeism, committeeship, noun
Can be confused
board, bored, committee, council, panel, trust (see synonym study at trust)
Usage note
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  • No committee or group can be held responsible for such a lack of due diligence.
  • Actually there is a committee of citizens that decides from the tens of thousands of requests what subjects appear on stamps.
  • Sometimes, the members of the search committee have name tags.
  • Do not rely on the bulleted items in your vita to articulate to the committee what your credentials are.
  • And you could tell that the search-committee members really liked you.
  • Search-committee chairs are busy people, dealing with dozens of applications, many of which are quickly deemed disposable.
  • Yes, it could get your proposal tossed, depending on the stickiness of the committee members who read the proposals.
  • And be in a neat room as the committee will be able to see some of your surroundings.
  • The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled.
  • committee recommends a sequence-based system for identifying pathogens.
British Dictionary definitions for committee

committee

noun
1.
(kəˈmɪtɪ). a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
2.
(ˌkɒmɪˈtiː). (formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a court See also receiver (sense 2)
Word Origin
C15: from committen to entrust + -ee
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Word Origin and History for committee
n.

1620s, from commit + -ee, or else a revival of Anglo-French commite, past participle of commettre "to commit," from Latin committere "to unite, connect" (see commit). Originally "person to whom something is committed" (late 15c.); from 17c. in reference to a body of such people.

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