Commission definition

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To grant a military commission to.
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To give an order for (a thing to be made or done)
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An entrusting, as of power and authority, to a person or body.
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The state of being authorized to perform certain duties or tasks.
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Authority to act in behalf of another.
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To give a commission to.
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That which a person is authorized to do for another.
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An administrative agency of the government with quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers.
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(naut.) To put (a vessel) into service.
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Commission means to send on a mission or make an order.

An example of commission to require government workers to follow specific guidelines.

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The definition of a commission is an order or direction.

An example of commission is the requirement that a certain group of soldiers head to a specific location to perform specific tasks.

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The act of committing or perpetrating.

The commission of a crime.

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A fee or percentage allowed to a sales representative or an agent for services rendered.
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The act of granting certain powers or the authority to carry out a particular task or duty.
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The authority so granted.
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The matter or task so authorized.

Investigation of fraud was their commission.

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A document conferring such authorization.
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A public board or administrative body.

The Federal Trade Commission investigates false advertising.

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A ruling council within the Mafia that adjudicates family disputes and regulates family activities.
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An official document issued by a government, conferring on the recipient the rank of a commissioned officer in the armed forces.
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The rank and powers so conferred.
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To put (a ship) into active service.
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To grant authority for (something to be made or done); place an order for.

Commission a new symphony for the festival.

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To authorize or engage (someone to do something).

Commission an architect to design a building.

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A fee or a percentage of the proceeds paid to a salesperson, broker, etc., either in addition to, or in lieu of, wages or salary.
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An authorization to perform certain duties or tasks, or to take on certain powers.
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A document giving such authorization.
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A group of people officially appointed to perform specified duties.
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A type of municipal governing body.
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An official certificate conferring rank; specif., a document issued by the government, making one a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forces.
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The rank or authority conferred.
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A formal written document from a government or court empowering the individual named therein to hold an appointive office or to perform official duties. In the case of an appointive office, the individual must receive the commission before she can act in their official capacity.
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See administrative agency.
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A group of individuals appointed by a governmental authority to perform some public service on an ad hoc basis.
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The act of committing or perpetrating a crime.
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Compensation paid to an agent, employee, executor, or trustee based on a percentage of the money collected or to be collected in a transaction or a percentage of the value of the property involved. See also kickback and royalty.
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A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).

It was James Bond's commission to defeat the bad guys.

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An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.

David received his commission after graduating from West Point.

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The thing to be done as agent for another.

I have three commissions for the city.

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A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function.

The European Commission; the Electoral Commission; the Federal Communications Commission.

The company's sexual harassment commission made sure that every employee completed the on-line course.

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A fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction.

A reseller's commission.

The real-estate broker charged a four percent commission for their knowledge on bidding for commercial properties; for their intellectual perspective on making a formal offer and the strategy to obtain a mutually satisfying deal with the seller in favour of the buyer .

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The act of committing (e.g. a crime).

The commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

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To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.

James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.

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To place an order for (often piece of art); as, commission a portrait.

He commissioned a replica of the Mona Lisa for his living room, but the painter gave up after six months.

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To put into active service; as, commission a ship.

The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.

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The act of committing or doing; perpetration, as of a crime.
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To give power or authority to; authorize.
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in commission
  • In active service. Used of a ship.
  • In use or in usable condition.
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on commission
  • With a sales commission serving as full or partial recompense for the work done:
    Sells boats on commission.
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out of commission
  • Not in active service. Used of a ship.
  • Not in use or working condition.
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in commission
  • entrusted to commissioners
  • in use
  • in fit condition for use
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out of commission
  • not in use
  • not in fit condition for use
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
commission
Plural:
commissions

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in commission
on commission
in commission

Origin of commission

  • Middle English commissioun from Latin commissiō commissiōn- from commissus past participle of committere to entrust commit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French commission, from Latin commissio (“sending together; commission”), from prefix com- (“with”), + noun of action missio (“sending”), from perfect passive participle missus (“sent”), from the verb mittō, + noun of action suffix -io.

    From Wiktionary