commission

noun
com·​mis·​sion | \ kə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce commission (audio) \
plural commissions

Definition of commission

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties
b : a certificate conferring military rank and authority also : the rank and authority so conferred received a lieutenant's commission in the army
2a : an authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner or to perform prescribed acts : charge a commission to serve as notary public
b : a formal request to produce something (especially an artistic work) in exchange for payment … he found his footing as a Western artist when he received a commission in 1958 to create two … paintings …— William Grimes also : a work produced by commission … the play was a commission of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis … — Sharon Eberson
3a : authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another … had summoned all the clans which acknowledged his commission— T. B. Macaulay
b : a task or matter entrusted to one as an agent for another executed a commission for me while he was in Singapore
4a : a group of persons directed to perform some duty The state set up a commission to study the proposed merger of the school districts.
b : a government agency having administrative, legislative, or judicial powers regulatory powers exercised by the Federal Trade Commission
c : a city council having legislative and executive functions She served on the city's water commission.
5 : an act of committing something commission of a crime
6 : a fee paid to an agent or employee for transacting a piece of business or performing a service especially : a percentage of the money received from a total paid to the agent responsible for the business He gets a commission for each car he sells.
7 : an act of entrusting or giving authority the commission of limited powers to the administrator
in commission or into commission
1 : under the authority of commissioners
2 of a ship : ready for active service
3 : in use or in condition for use The Internet connection is back in commission.
on commission
: with commission serving as partial or full pay for work done an artist working on commission
out of commission
1 : out of active service or use The ferry was put out of commission because of the bad weather.
2 : out of working order The elevator was out of commission.

commission

verb
commissioned; commissioning\ kə-​ˈmi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce commissioning (audio) \

Definition of commission (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a commission: such as
a : to confer a formal commission on was commissioned lieutenant
b : to appoint or assign to a task or function was commissioned to do the biography
2 : to order to be made commissioned a portrait
3 : to put (a ship) in commission The ship was commissioned in 2004.

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Examples of commission in a Sentence

Noun She served on the city's water commission. Both states set up commissions to examine their public schools. She gets a commission for each car she sells. The salespeople in that store all work on commission. a weapon used in the commission of a crime Verb A portrait of the queen was commissioned. The magazine commissioned a story about the world's best beaches. The report on poverty was commissioned by the governor. The king commissioned the artist to paint his portrait. She was commissioned in the Navy as a captain. The ship was commissioned in 2004.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even his most important royal commission, a group portrait of King Charles IV and family, is permeated by a sense of despair, with each member of the group seemingly lost in his or her own private thoughts, hardly aware of the others’ presence. Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 15 Sep. 2020 The safety commission’s 50-page audit highlighted deep cultural, communication and structural flaws within the hierarchy of the ROCC, which controls Metro’s rail system and is in charge of speeds, signals and emergencies. Washington Post, "Metro shakes up leadership of embattled ROCC," 14 Sep. 2020 Trading by individuals has surged in 2020, fueled by no-commission trades, a rising market from March through August and free time provided by pandemic lockdowns. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "The Tax Moves Day Traders Need to Make Now," 11 Sep. 2020 The utility is looking to obtain a permit from the commission, known as the CPUC for short. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vote on power line from Escondido to San Marcos postponed two weeks," 10 Sep. 2020 The commission’s approval, which comes with specific conditions, is final and will not go to the Park Ridge City Council, said City Planner John Carlisle. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Day care coming to Park Ridge office building; plans for apartments scrapped," 10 Sep. 2020 Partly lured by commission-free brokerage apps while stuck at home during the pandemic, day traders have flocked to the market, building a presence whose relative heft trails only market makers and independent high-frequency traders. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, "Day Traders Unbowed by $2 Trillion Rout Reup Bullish Stock Bets," 9 Sep. 2020 The commission, consisting of seven members and ex-officio member Commissioner Ed Rothstein, makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, which then votes on zoning changes. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster area residents oppose county rezoning plan, question communication efforts," 8 Sep. 2020 Peter Krouse reports that in documents in U.S. District Court, the city argues the commission’s contributions have been significant, including working closely with the city on use-of-force and search-and-seizure policies. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "After Labor Day, the real presidential campaign begins. How goes Ohio? The Wake Up for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a phone interview, Williams said her group isn’t behind the website but has helped commission a poll gauging the viability of a write-in effort. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Pro-Huntsman website, campaign donations fuel hopes of a write-in effort," 13 Aug. 2020 In December 2018, city and county leaders agreed to commission more diverse artwork to cover some of the four original murals. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "St. Paul City Council approves new chamber art, despite Dakota tribe's objections," 12 Aug. 2020 That day, Percy announced the campus would commission an art piece as a permanent campus memorial to Washington, a small victory for the group’s demands. oregonlive, "Movement to disarm Portland State police gains new prominence amid renewed activism," 10 Aug. 2020 The Philharmonic did not directly commission a piece on Pulse; the decision to reference the massacre was made by the composer, who has written music commemorating other tragedies, after the attack. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Philharmonic returns money after flap over Pulse sensitivity," 10 Aug. 2020 Christine's Shenanigans: Christine had a fitting at Beverly Hills wedding dress boutique Galia Lahav to commission her dream custom black wedding gown. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "How Selling Sunset Season 3 Warps Time & Space, Episode By Episode," 8 Aug. 2020 The legislation would reallocate the funding from these programs and put it behind a bill currently floating in Congress that would commission a study on how the government should pursue reparations for black citizens and the descendants of slaves. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib support proposed legislation to defund local police and ICE," 8 July 2020 But Johnson’s hasty response led Roberts to commission a painting of Dodgers legend Maury Wills, and, surprisingly, Johnson’s creation during the off-hours of 2016 spring training impressed teammates. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Hoosier Micah Johnson finds voice as an artist," 25 June 2020 The public arts committee will begin reviewing possible artists to commission the work in August. Dallas News, "As Dallas removes Confederate monument, there’s a new effort to memorialize the city’s last known lynching victim," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of commission

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commission

Noun

Middle English commissioun "delegated authority, warrant delegating authority," borrowed from Anglo-French commission, borrowed from Medieval Latin commissiōn-, commissiō "commitment, entrusting, grant of authority," going back to Late Latin, "joining, engagement, sin," going back to Latin, "commencement of a game," from committere "to join together, engage, place in the keeping of, entrust, bring about" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at commit

Verb

derivative of commission entry 1

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Time Traveler for commission

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The first known use of commission was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commission. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for commission

commission

noun
How to pronounce commission (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of commission

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people who have been given the official job of finding information about something or controlling something
: an amount of money paid to an employee for selling something
formal : the act of committing a crime

commission

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commission (Entry 2 of 2)

: to order or request (something) to be made or done
: to order or request (someone) to make or do something
: to make (someone) an officer in the military

commission

noun
com·​mis·​sion | \ kə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce commission (audio) \

Kids Definition of commission

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an order granting the power to perform various acts or duties : the right or duty to be performed
2 : a certificate that gives military or naval rank and authority : the rank and authority given He received his commission in the army as a captain.
3 : authority to act as agent for another : a task or piece of business entrusted to an agent
4 : a group of persons given orders and authority to perform specified duties a housing commission
5 : an act of doing something wrong the commission of a crime
6 : a fee paid to an agent for taking care of a piece of business

commission

verb
commissioned; commissioning

Kids Definition of commission (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give a commission to
2 : to put (a ship) into service

commission

noun
com·​mis·​sion

Legal Definition of commission

1 : a formal written authorization to perform various acts and duties a notary's commission
2a : authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another
b : a task or matter entrusted to one as the agent for another
3a : a group of persons directed to perform a duty
b usually capitalized : a government agency Federal Trade Commission — see also agency
c : a city council having legislative and executive functions
4 : an act of committing something commission of the crime
5 : a fee paid to an agent or employee for transacting a piece of business or performing a service especially : a percentage of the money received paid to the agent responsible for the business

Other Words from commission

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