Meaning of “council” in the English Dictionary

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

"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.

(Definition of “council” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"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 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.
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.
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(Definition of “council” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)