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councilnoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊn.səl/
a ​group of ​peopleelected or ​chosen to make ​decisions or give ​advice on a ​particularsubject, to ​represent a ​particulargroup of ​people, or to ​run a ​particularorganization: the United Nations Security Council This ​play is ​supported by a ​grant from the ​localarts council.B2 the ​group of ​peopleelected to ​govern a ​particulararea, ​town, or ​city, and ​organizeservices for it: Edinburgh City Council The town/​city council is/are ​responsible for ​keeping the ​streetsclean.UK The local council has/have ​decided not to ​allocatefunds for the ​project.

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(Definition of council from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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councilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·səl/
a ​group of ​peopleelected or ​chosen to make ​decisions or give ​advice on a ​particularsubject, to ​represent a ​particulargroup of ​people, or to ​run a ​particularorganization: the UN ​Security Council The council is being pressured to ​approve the ​plan.
(Definition of council from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"council" in Business English

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councilnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊnsəl/
a ​group of ​people who are ​responsible for making ​official decisions about a particular ​activity or ​advisingpeople 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 ​longerfund 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 councilvetoed the ​budgetproposal. 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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