council


council
council coun‧cil [ˈkaʊnsl] noun [countable]
1. a group of people that are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions, or to give advice:

• the council for civil liberties

ˈworks ˌcouncil HUMAN RESOURCES
an organization in a company where employers and representatives of workers meet to discuss pay, working conditions etc:

• A court ordered Renault to consult its European works council before making any move to close its Vilvoorde plant.

2. in Britain, the organization that is responsible for local government in a particular region:

• Bob Jones has been on the Borough Council for years.

3. a group of people elected to the government of a city in the US:

• the Los Angeles city council

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council UK US /ˈkaʊnsəl/ noun [C]
a group of people who are responsible for making official decisions about a particular activity or advising people about something: »

the UN security council

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a council meeting/member

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a governing/ruling council

sit on/serve on/be elected to a council »

Solomon, an accountant from Portland, has been elected to the five-member investment council.

GOVERNMENT in the UK, an organization consisting of people who have been elected to govern a town, city, or area: »

Councils can no longer fund all the services for which they are responsible.

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a local/town/city council

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a council member/meeting/worker

sit on/serve/be elected to a council »

Councillor Jim McCabe has sat on the local council for over 20 years.

GOVERNMENT in the US, a group of people who have been elected to govern a city: »

A bill was passed by the council banning the dumping of waste within city boundaries.

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The city council vetoed the budget proposal.

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a council meeting/member

sit on/serve on/be elected to a council »

The current mayor was first elected to the council in 2009.

See also WORKS COUNCIL(Cf. works council)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Council — may refer to: Contents 1 In politics 2 In other fields 3 In United States geography 4 See also In politics …   Wikipedia

  • Council — Coun cil (koun s[i^]l), n. [F. concile, fr. L. concilium; con + calare to call, akin to Gr. ??? to call, and E. hale, v., haul. Cf. {Conciliate}. This word is often confounded with counsel, with which it has no connection.] [1913 Webster] 1. An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Council — ist das englische Wort für Rat; Ratsversammlung, Kollegium, Gemeinderat/Stadtrat oder (im Kontext der römisch katholischen Kirche) Konzil der Name von Floyd Council (1911–1976), US amerikanischer Blues Gitarrist, Mandolinenspieler und Sänger Orte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Council — coun·cil / kau̇n səl/ n: a governmental body: as a: a group elected as a legislative body city council b: an administrative body council on aging c: an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority co …   Law dictionary

  • Council —   [kaʊnsl, englisch] der, s/ s, mehrköpfiges Beratungsorgan, Ratsversammlung auf allen Regierungs und Verwaltungsstufen. In Großbritannien Cabinet Council, Kabinettsrat, Privy Council, geheimer Staatsrat der Krone (hat nur noch Bedeutung als… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • council — [koun′səl] n. [ME counceil < OFr concile < L concilium, group of people, meeting < com , together + calere, to call (see CLAMOR); confused in form and meaning in ME with COUNSEL] 1. a group of people called together for consultation,… …   English World dictionary

  • Council — Council, ID U.S. city in Idaho Population (2000): 816 Housing Units (2000): 425 Land area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Council, ID — U.S. city in Idaho Population (2000): 816 Housing Units (2000): 425 Land area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.727606 sq. miles (1.884490 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • council — council, counsel 1. These are now distinct words and are only distantly related. A council is an administrative body or meeting, and its members are councillors. Counsel is advice given formally and often professionally; counsel or a counsel is a …   Modern English usage

  • council — (n.) early 12c., from Anglo Fr. cuncile, from O.N.Fr. concilie (O.Fr. concile, 12c.) assembly; council meeting; body of counsellors, from L. concilium group of people, meeting, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + calare to call (see CLAIM… …   Etymology dictionary


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