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commission

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noun com·mis·sion \kə-ˈmi-shən\

Definition of commission

  1. 1a :  a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or dutiesb :  a certificate conferring military rank and authority; also :  the rank and authority so conferred received a lieutenant's commission in the army

  2. 2 :  an authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner or to perform prescribed acts :  charge a commission to serve as notary public

  3. 3a :  authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another … had summoned all the clans which acknowledged his commission … — T. B. Macaulayb :  a task or matter entrusted to one as an agent for another executed a commission for me while he was in Singapore

  4. 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 Commissionc :  a city council having legislative and executive functions She served on the city's water commission.

  5. 5 :  an act of committing something commission of a crime

  6. 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. 7 :  an act of entrusting or giving authority the commission of limited powers to the administrator

in commission

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into commission

  1. 1 :  under the authority of commissioners

  2. 2 of a ship :  ready for active service

  3. 3 :  in use or in condition for use The Internet connection is back in commission.

on commission

  1. :  with commission serving as partial or full pay for work done an artist working on commission

out of commission

  1. 1 :  out of active service or use The ferry was put out of commission because of the bad weather.

  2. 2 :  out of working order The elevator was out of commission.

Examples of commission in a Sentence

  1. She served on the city's water commission.

  2. Both states set up commissions to examine their public schools.

  3. She gets a commission for each car she sells.

  4. The salespeople in that store all work on commission.

  5. a weapon used in the commission of a crime

Origin and Etymology of commission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin commission-, commissio act of bringing together, from committere —see commit


First Known Use: 14th century


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commission

verb com·mis·sion

Definition of commission

commissioned

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commissioning

\-ˈmi-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with a commission: such asa :  to confer a formal commission on was commissioned lieutenantb :  to appoint or assign to a task or function was commissioned to do the biography

  3. 2 :  to order to be made commissioned a portrait

  4. 3 :  to put (a ship) in commission The ship was commissioned in 2004.

Examples of commission in a Sentence

  1. A portrait of the queen was commissioned.

  2. The magazine commissioned a story about the world's best beaches.

  3. The report on poverty was commissioned by the governor.

  4. The king commissioned the artist to paint his portrait.

  5. She was commissioned in the Navy as a captain.

  6. The ship was commissioned in 2004.

Origin and Etymology of commission

see commit


First Known Use: 1602



COMMISSION Defined for English Language Learners

commission

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Definition of commission for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : the act of committing a crime

commission

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Definition of commission for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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commission

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noun com·mis·sion \kə-ˈmi-shən\

Definition of commission for Students

  1. 1 :  an order granting the power to perform various acts or duties :  the right or duty to be performed

  2. 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. 3 :  authority to act as agent for another :  a task or piece of business entrusted to an agent

  4. 4 :  a group of persons given orders and authority to perform specified duties a housing commission

  5. 5 :  an act of doing something wrong the commission of a crime

  6. 6 :  a fee paid to an agent for taking care of a piece of business


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commission

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verb com·mis·sion

Definition of commission for Students

commissioned

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commissioning

  1. 1 :  to give a commission to

  2. 2 :  to put (a ship) into service


Law Dictionary

commission

noun com·mis·sion

Legal Definition of commission

  1. 1 :  a formal written authorization to perform various acts and duties a notary's commission

  2. 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

  3. 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. 4 :  an act of committing something commission of the crime

  5. 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

commission

transitive verb


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