World English Dictionary
commission (kəˈmɪʃən)
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
 a.  a document conferring a rank on an officer
 b.  the rank or authority thereby granted
5.  a group of people charged with certain duties: a commission of inquiry
6.  See also Royal Commission a government agency or board empowered to exercise administrative, judicial, or legislative authority
7.  a.  the authority given to a person or organization to act as an agent to a principal in commercial transactions
 b.  the fee allotted to an agent for services rendered
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 inorinto commission, out of commission)
12.  (US) the head of a department of municipal government
13.  (tr) to grant authority to; charge with a duty or task
14.  (tr) military to confer a rank on or authorize an action by
15.  (tr) 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.  (tr) to place an order for (something): to commission a portrait
[C14: from Old French, from Latin commissiō a bringing together, from committere to commit]

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