commissioned

adjective

com·​mis·​sioned kə-ˈmi-shənd How to pronounce commissioned (audio)
1
a
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

Examples of commissioned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The commissioned centerpiece of the exhibition is personal to Saar as someone who grew up visiting the Huntington with her mother and aunt. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of commissioned was in 1612

Dictionary Entries Near commissioned

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“Commissioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commissioned. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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