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English definition of “council”


noun [C]     /ˈkaʊnsəl/
a group of people who are responsible for making official decisions about a particular activity or advising people about something: the UN security council a council meeting / member a governing / ruling councilsit 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 . a local / town / city council 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 . The city council vetoed the budget proposal . 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
(Definition of council noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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