1. A group of people officially delegated to perform a function, such as investigating, considering, reporting, or acting on a matter. See Usage Note at collective noun.
2. Archaic A person to whom a trust or charge is committed.
[From Middle English committe, trustee, from Anglo-Norman comité, past participle of cometre, to commit, from Latin committere; see COMMIT.]
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