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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Regulators said the commission didn’t have access to information from federal authorities. Katherine Sayre, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The commission will release his name when next of kin are notified, Keith Stephens, chief of communications, said Thursday in an email. Arkansas Online, 20 May 2022 Farley wants to change the direction of the commission—and energy policy in Georgia—by expanding opportunities for local solar and energy efficiency in low-income communities. Justin Worland, Time, 19 May 2022 The average headache won’t put you out of commission for hours on end. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 19 May 2022 The suspension was reinstated two weeks later, when the commission found that Metro’s inspectors deviated from the transit agency’s own inspection process. Justin George, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Dan Seamount, a member of the commission, said the agency could not comment while the matter is in litigation. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 The first annual performance of the commission was performed in 2019. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Trams to usher guests from the parking lot to the park were out of commission for months, forcing visitors with disabilities into an uncomfortable position. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She was asked by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, where her husband was chairman, to steer the effort to commission a portrait. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 TikTok decided to officially commission their very first musical ever, which is kind of crazy. NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 His classmates included Allen Ginsberg, John Hollander and Robert Gottlieb, who, as an editor at Simon & Schuster, would later commission him to translate the second and third volumes of de Gaulle’s war memoirs. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 His autobiography is a thoughtful contemplation of the role of design; a serious examination of the practice of architecture that simultaneously offers dishy takes on some of the most important people who commission, practice, and critique it. The Editors, Town & Country, 8 Mar. 2022 And so Gallastegui decided to commission a special piece of music for the band to play. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 What better tribute, Jared thought, than to commission an instrument built from the very wood his father had so lovingly kept safe all those years? Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 The Chamber of Commerce had even gone so far as to commission a painting by local artist David Swing. Donna Reiner, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 Mater Dei has pledged to commission an independent firm to investigate the safety practices of its athletic programs, the Orange County Register reported. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Commission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commission. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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