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noun [countable] council pronunciation in British English /ˈkaʊns(ə)l/
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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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