commission

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

Essential Meaning of commission

1 : a group of people who have been given the official job of finding information about something or controlling something : committee She served on the city's water commission. the Federal Elections Commission Both states set up commissions to examine their public schools.
2 : an amount of money paid to an employee for selling something She gets a commission for each car she sells. She sells cars on commission. [=she receives an amount of money for each car that she sells] The salespeople in that store all work on commission.
3 formal : the act of committing a crime a weapon used in the commission of a crime

Full 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 commission (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 The commission said in a statement after the meeting that Apple agreed to cooperate with the Russian authorities. Daria Litvinova, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 The commission plans to conduct interviews Sept. 30, and is looking to fill four to six positions, said MacGillis. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2021 The commission has already fallen behind on its own extended timeline. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2021 Those authors included current Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima; Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron; Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Faber – all of whom are on the current commission. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2021 The commission’s authority over the Sheriff’s Department is limited, and Villanueva is not required to adopt its recommendations. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Within five years, the commission published the Belmont Report, which set forth foundational ethical principles to guide human research. Hope Ferdowsian, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 On August 16, City Planning Commission chair Marisa Lago said the commission would reject not only the 34-story proposal but also this smaller alternative. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 16 Sep. 2021 Meantime, the commission continues to move full speed ahead. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The third significant recommendation calls on lawmakers to commission a study to examine the types of disclosures to be required in online campaign advertising and to conduct broad community outreach to learn what voters want from the project. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2021 One way to solve this mistrust is for companies to commission an independent audit of responsible data management. Prajwal Kotamraju, Fortune, 24 June 2021 The Land Bank has been the subject of Sun-Times investigations probing its deals, prompting Preckwinkle to commission an outside audit that determined the agency needs to do more to avoid conflicts and ensure it’s selling land to qualified buyers. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 Occasionally, authorities will commission a local salvage company (or sometimes Jones) to retrieve a craft’s engine, battery, gas and sewage tanks — the parts that leach toxins and pollutants into the water. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 Kinley had an outside chance to win a roster spot as the Bucs' fifth cornerback and a special teams player, but he'll now be forced to commission into the Navy as an Ensign. Luke Easterling, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 As part of our June/July Freedom issue, BAZAAR partnered with PEN America to commission a five-part essay series on the theme written by women who were formerly or are currently incarcerated. Vanessa Del Rio, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2021 With all the fanfare over the forthcoming Elisabeth Bridge linking the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube River, the princess decided to commission a duo of grand, symmetrical buildings poised at the bridge’s Pest-side entrance. Alia Akkam, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 McBride said officials hope to commission new tribal artwork for the park. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 July 2021

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

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20 Sep 2021

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“Commission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commission. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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

commission transitive verb

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