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[kuh-mit-ee] /kəˈmɪt i/
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.
Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.
late Middle English
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)
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  • She worked for film-festival selection committees, and served on festival juries.
  • One should never forget that members of tenure committees, at whatever level, do not have to justify their decisions.
  • It's likely that hiring committees would subtly-even unconsciously-screen out any such people they encountered.
  • It is these works, and these works only, that make the annual short lists of award committees.
  • At one point, he joined certain revolutionary committees and was arrested for his political involvement.
  • By avoiding learned committees they got the job done, and they solved the problem once and for all.
  • Political pressure is common, and private trial committees often dictate rulings.
  • Admissions committees generally prefer to see different types of letters from people who have known you at different times.
  • In academe, there are committees for almost everything.
  • Whatever the project, they have to be made accessible to promotion and tenure committees.
British Dictionary definitions for committees


(kəˈmɪtɪ). a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
(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 committees



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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