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
  1. noun
    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
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    administrative body, administrative unit
    a unit with administrative responsibilities
  2. noun
    a self-constituted organization to promote something
    synonyms: citizens committee
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    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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