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The Definition of - commission (verb)

    the act of committing or entrusting a person, group, etc., with supervisory power or authority.
    an authoritative order, charge, or direction.
    authority granted for a particular action or function.
    a document granting such authority.
    a document conferring authority issued by the president of the U.S. to officers in the Army, Navy, and other military services, and by state governments to justices of the peace and others.
    the power thus granted.
    the position or rank of an officer in any of the armed forces.
    a group of persons authoritatively charged with particular functions:
    a parks commission.
    the condition of being placed under special authoritative responsibility or charge.
    a task or matter committed to one's charge; official assignment:
    The architect received a commission to design an office building.
    the act of committing or perpetrating a crime, error, etc.:
    The commission of a misdemeanor is punishable by law.
    something that is committed:
    He was held accountable for his evil commissions.
    authority to act as agent for another or others in commercial transactions.
    a sum or percentage of what has been paid that is allowed to agents, sales representatives, etc., for their services:
    In addition to her salary, she will get a 20 percent commission for each sale she makes.
    verb (used with object)
    to give a commission to:
    to commission a new graduate of a military academy with the rank of lieutenant.
    to authorize; send on a mission:
    I've been commissioned by my friend overseas to find him a cheap apartment in New York.
    to give the order that places a warship, military command, etc., in a state of complete readiness for active duty.
    to give a commission or order for:
    The owners commissioned a painting for the building's lobby.
    in commission,
    1. in service.
    2. in operating order:
      A great deal of work will be necessary to put this car in commission again.
    3. Also, into commission. Navy. (of a ship) manned and in condition for or ordered to active service.
    on commission, paid entirely or partially with commissions from sales one has made or for work one has done:
    The salespeople who are on commission earn 6 percent of the total amount they sell.
    out of commission,
    1. not in service:
      Telephone lines were out of commission for several days after the storm.
    2. not in operating order:
      Sorry, but I can't bake cupcakes for you while the stove is out of commission.

Word Example of - commission

    Example Sentences for commission

    As to the banker's part in the transaction, the whole question is one of commission.

    My $13,000 commission from the European trip had melted away.

    To deprive of commission, warrant, or rating, by court-martial.

    When Vienna refused its assent, Koch resigned his commission.

    "We'll get him a commission in a marching regiment," said my father.

    As a substitute, Justice Joseph Bradley, was put on the commission.

    His advancement had been rapid, from private to sergeant, and from sergeant to a commission.

    Would you have a commission appointed by the ministers for settling these questions?

    If they exceed not the bounds of that commission or trust which they received from you.

    The commission for this ballet was offered to Godard, a well-known French composer.

Word Origin & History of - commission

    Word Origin & History

    commission 1344, from L. commissionem (nom. commissio) "delegation of business," from commissus, pp. of committere (see commit).

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