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"council" in British English

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councilnoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˈkaʊn.səl/ us   /ˈkaʊn.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 United Nations Security Council This play is supported by a grant from the local arts council.
B2 the group of people elected to govern a particular area, town, or city, and organize services for it: Edinburgh City Council The town/city council is/are responsible for keeping the streets clean.UK The local council has/have decided not to allocate funds for the project.

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"council" in American English

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councilnoun [C]

us   /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.
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"council" in Business English

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councilnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkaʊnsəl/ us  
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/workersit 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/membersit on/serve on/be elected to a council The current mayor was first elected to the council in 2009.
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“council” in Business English

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