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.

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 board voted 5 to 1 this week to reverse the commission’s decision and gave the city permission to raze the property. Fox News, 28 Nov. 2021 Among other responsibilities, the commission enforces the city’s campaign, lobbying and ethics laws. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 That commission is giving Bexar County a five-year, $3.4 million grant to initiate the program. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Still, Christie ultimately found his way back into Trump's inner circle, heading the administration's commission on opioid misuse, serving as an informal adviser and again helping with debate preparation last year. Jill Colvin, ajc, 27 Nov. 2021 The Montgomery County ethics commission decided that the chief shouldn’t profit off his public service, and prosecutors involved in the trial of the snipers sounded alarm that the book could impact jury selection. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the commission would propose closing the EU to air travel from southern Africa. David Meyer, Fortune, 26 Nov. 2021 The commission says scientific evidence shows that vaccine immunity begins to diminish after about six months. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2021 In Washington, the redistricting commission revised some maps after its initial proposals prompted pushback from tribes and voting-rights advocates. Chris Aadland, oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb South Korea is already planning to commission its first aircraft carrier, for potential deployment in 2033. Ben Westcott And Eric Cheung, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 The portraits, of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, painted in 1634, capture a married couple able to afford to commission the greatest portraitist of the era, and at the peak of his power. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Destination Crenshaw will continue to commission new works for the corridor — 100 artists in all, through 2027. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 And sometimes the streamers will commission, fully cash-flow and be the bank. Angus Finney, Variety, 27 Oct. 2021 Britain, the United States, Germany, and Norway led a push to commission an expert to monitor the situation in the African country. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Earlier this month, Facebook agreed to commission an independent check on its content moderation for Arabic and Hebrew. Tom Simonite, Wired, 25 Oct. 2021 This nagging question drove me to commission the Berkeley Media Studies Group to see who's at the primetime table. Next Avenue, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The city is also set to commission a study that could lead to minimum payments for workers in the future, but that process will take until at least 2023. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 23 Sep. 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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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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