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out of commission

Definition of out of commission

  1. :  not able to function properly :  out of order <The elevator/doorbell was out of commission.> —often used figuratively of a person <He was out of commission for three days with the flu.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

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  1. :  a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties

    :  a certificate conferring military rank and authority

    :  the rank and authority so conferred

  1. : :  to furnish with a commission: as

    :  to confer a formal commission on

    :  to appoint or assign to a task or function


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