committee

A committee is a group of people who come together to work on a project. Members of a committee commit their efforts to accomplishing a particular task, which can be anything from throwing a party to ending a war.

You could join the Committee to Protect Groundhogs, Bumblebees and Chickadees (yes, there really is one), or you might aspire to a committee that debates questions of national importance. Committees are often subgroups of larger bodies, and the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture, which focuses on issues in the farming and poultry industries, is a good example. Committee members become experts on issues in agriculture and the group can then make informed decisions efficiently.

Definitions of committee
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n a special group delegated to consider some matter

“"a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle”
Synonyms:
commission
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ECOSOC commission, Economic and Social Council 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
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
Commission on Human Rights
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with human rights
Commission on Narcotic Drugs
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with drug traffic
Commission on the Status of Women
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with the status of women in different societies
Economic Commission for Africa
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development of African nations
Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development of countries in Asia and the Far East
Economic Commission for Europe
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development in Europe
Economic Commission for Latin America
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development in Latin America
Population Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with population control
Social Development Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with social development
Statistical Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with statistical data from member nations
appeal board, appeals board, board of appeals
a board of officials that are not judicial but are appointed to hear appeals
board of selectmen
a board of officials elected to administer the public business of a New England town
Federal Reserve Board
the seven-member board governing the Federal Reserve System
governing board
a board that manages the affairs of an institution
Ways and Means Committee
a permanent committee of the United States House of Representatives that makes recommendations to the US House on all bills that would raise revenue
board of directors, directorate
a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution
advisory board, planning board
a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
draft board
a board to select personnel for involuntary military service
board of education, school board
a board in charge of local public schools
zoning board
a board of officials who divide an area into zones that are subject to different restrictions
Type of:
administrative body, administrative unit
a unit with administrative responsibilities

n a self-constituted organization to promote something

Synonyms:
citizens committee
Types:
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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NGO, nongovernmental organization
an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government

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