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 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 Of course, time is not easily fixed, but after five years of tinkering, Pope Gregory’s commission recommended deleting those 10 extra days from the calendar. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why the calendar is so weird?," 17 Jan. 2021 Practically speaking, with no more executions imminent, Biden could postpone action, perhaps appoint a commission to study the issue, and take action, if any, later in his term. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Biden campaigned on eliminating death penalty — we could soon see how that turns out," 17 Jan. 2021 The country's election commission said Museveni won 58.64% of the nearly 10 million ballots cast, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received 34.83% of the vote. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Ugandan President Museveni wins re-election in vote his rival says was rigged," 16 Jan. 2021 Trump ally Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is building support for launching a commission to investigate the siege as an alternative to conviction. Author: Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell says senators will face a ‘vote of conscience’ in Trump’s impending impeachment trial," 15 Jan. 2021 In response, a state commission banned the open carrying of weapons inside the Capitol, though the message hasn't seemed to resonate with Lackomar's group. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "States beef up security at capitol complexes ahead of Biden inauguration," 15 Jan. 2021 The measure backed those changes with a variety of enforcement provisions that would be directed by a commission whose governing board would be appointed by the President and have subpoena power. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Senators frustrated by NCAA's 'striking hypocrisy' in failure to act on athletes' benefits," 15 Jan. 2021 Nothing impedes Biden from setting up a commission whose end goal is to reunite children who were separated from their families at the border and who the Trump administration can no longer find in order to return them to their parents. Gregory Korte, Bloomberg.com, "Biden’s Promises for Day One Could Take Months to Fulfill," 15 Jan. 2021 Trump ally Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is building support for an alternative of launching a commission to investigate the siege. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Star Tribune, "Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The council would like to commission local artists to paint murals directly onto the steps. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego neighbors revive community council in Valencia Park," 26 Dec. 2020 If Virginia’s General Assembly ratifies the decision, officials will commission an artist to create the new sculpture. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Statue of Civil Rights Activist Barbara Rose Johns Will Replace U.S. Capitol’s Likeness of Robert E. Lee," 23 Dec. 2020 So the network decided to commission a special project to celebrate this beloved title, as well as pay homage to the iconic home in the film. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This "Home Alone"-Themed Gingerbread Display Took Over 300 Hours to Create," 9 Dec. 2020 But like many San Diego County cities, Oceanside wants to commission a modern-day marker that spans a street in its thriving commercial district. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Landmark sign proposed for downtown Oceanside," 6 Dec. 2020 After the mayors’ meeting, other cities began to commission and then roll out their own songs. oregonlive, "Cities produce songs to capture how they’re doing during pandemic and lift residents’ spirits: Listen," 9 Dec. 2020 Also, companies and individuals can commission a house by donating online at hireamardigrasartist.com. Dominic Massa, NOLA.com, "Krewe of Red Beans joins effort to put artists, float builders to work decorating houses for Mardi Gras," 7 Dec. 2020 Fireside Fiction’s publisher, Pablo Defendini, for some reason unknown to any rational, anti-racist human being, decided to commission Kevin Rineer, a white man, to narrate Bradley’s essay. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "White Man Hired To Narrate Southern Black Woman Scholar’s Essay Turns Brilliant Black Art Into Minstrel Show," 25 Nov. 2020 The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will commission an artist to create a mural from ideas put forth by the community, Harris said. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "Boards that protected downtown Elgin windows will serve as impetus for documentary, mural," 20 Nov. 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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Commission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commission. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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