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council

noun [C, + sing/pl verb] uk   /ˈkaʊn.səl/ us  
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 local council has/have decided not to allocate funds for the project. The town/city council is/are responsible for keeping the streets clean.
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