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English definition of “council”


noun [C]    /ˈkɑʊn·səl/
a group of people elected or chosen to make decisions or give advice on a particular subject , to represent a particular group of people , or to run a particular organization : the UN Security Council The council is being pressured to approve the plan .
(Definition of council noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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