Commission



[kuh-mish-uh n] /kəˈmɪʃ ən/

noun
1.
the act of or entrusting a person, group, etc., with supervisory power or authority.
2.
an authoritative order, charge, or direction.
3.
authority granted for a particular action or function.
4.
a document granting such authority.
5.
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.
6.
the power thus granted.
7.
the position or rank of an officer in any of the armed forces.
8.
a group of persons authoritatively charged with particular functions:
a parks commission.
9.
the condition of being placed under special authoritative responsibility or charge.
10.
a task or matter to one’s charge; official assignment:
The architect received a commission to design an office building.
11.
the act of committing or perpetrating a crime, error, etc.:
The commission of a misdemeanor is punishable by law.
12.
something that is committed:
He was held accountable for his evil commissions.
13.
authority to act as agent for another or others in commercial transactions.
14.
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)
15.
to give a commission to:
to commission a new graduate of a military academy with the rank of lieutenant.
16.
to authorize; send on a mission:
I’ve been commissioned by my friend overseas to find him a cheap apartment in New York.
17.
to give the order that places a warship, military command, etc., in a state of complete readiness for active duty.
18.
to give a commission or order for:
The owners commissioned a painting for the building’s lobby.
Idioms
19.
in commission,

20.
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.
21.
out of commission,

/kəˈmɪʃən/
noun
1.
a duty or task committed to a person or group to perform
2.
authority to undertake or perform certain duties or functions
3.
a document granting such authority
4.
(military)

5.
a group of people charged with certain duties: a commission of inquiry
6.
a government agency or board empowered to exercise administrative, judicial, or legislative authority See also Royal Commission
7.

8.
the state of being charged with specific duties or responsibilities
9.
the act of committing a sin, crime, etc
10.
something, esp a sin, crime, etc, that is committed
11.
good working condition or (esp of a ship) active service (esp in the phrases in or into commission, out of commission)
12.
(US) the head of a department of municipal government
verb
13.
(transitive) to grant authority to; charge with a duty or task
14.
(transitive) (military) to confer a rank on or authorize an action by
15.
(transitive) to equip and test (a ship) for active service
16.
to make or become operative or operable: the plant is due to commission next year
17.
(transitive) to place an order for (something): to commission a portrait
n.

mid-14c., “authority entrusted to someone,” from Latin commissionem (nominative commissio) “delegation of business,” noun of action from past participle stem of committere (see commit). Meaning “body of persons charged with authority” is from late 15c.
v.

1660s, from commission (n.). Related: Commissioned; commissioning.

A fee paid to a broker or other financial agent for negotiating a sale. The fee is based on a percentage of the sale price.
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