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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: council /ˈkaʊns(ə)l/ 
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singularcouncil
pluralcouncils
  1. 1
    the elected officials who govern a local area such as a city or county: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    a member of the city council

    Their planning application was rejected by the council.

    1. a.
      an organization that provides local government in a city, county etc

      Leeds City Council

      The council is responsible for the library service.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or relating to a council

      a change in council policy

  2. 2
    an official group of people who have been chosen to make decisions or provide advice: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    the United Nations Security Council

    the European Union's Council of Ministers

    1. a.
      a meeting of a group like this, especially in the past

      The Pope summoned his bishops to a council in Normandy.

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