commissioned

adjective
com·​mis·​sioned | \ kə-ˈmi-shənd How to pronounce commissioned (audio) \

Definition of commissioned

1a of an artistic or literary work : ordered to be made in exchange for payment a commissioned portrait The Ohio Ballet's recent … commissioned works by modernists Laura Dean and the frenetic Molissa Fenley …— David McCracken … the commissioned piece that highlighted his Lincoln Center concert …— Larry Blumenfeld
b : having received a commission (see commission entry 1 sense 2b) to create an artistic or literary work a commissioned artist
2 : receiving a commission (see commission entry 1 sense 6) as a fee a commissioned salesperson
3 of a ship : ready for active service : in commission But few of the Bostonians depicted here on Constitution Wharf at Boston Harbor would have predicted that the old ship would … remain a commissioned Navy ship for so many years to come.— Tyrone Martin
4 : having or involving a commission (see commission entry 1 sense 1) conferring rank, authority, or power a commissioned notary public Of these [Irish] volunteers [in the British armed forces] I estimate that approximately 8,000 served in the commissioned ranks.— Steven O'Connor — see also commissioned officer

First Known Use of commissioned

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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