the act of committing or giving in charge.
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.
authority to act as agent for another or others in commercial transactions.
a sum or percentage allowed to agents, sales representatives, etc., for their services: to work on a 20 percent commission.
verb (used with object)
to give a commission to: to commission a graduate of a military academy.
to authorize; send on a mission.
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,
in service.
in operating order: A great deal of work will be necessary to put this car in commission again.
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,
not in service.
not in operating order: The stove is out of commission.

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin commissiōn- (stem of commissiō) a committing. See com-, mission, commit

commissionable, adjective
commissional, adjective
commissive, adjective
commissively, adverb
intercommission, noun
recommission, noun, verb (used with object)
subcommission, noun
uncommissioned, adjective

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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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Word Origin & History

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

commission definition

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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Our research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government
  agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms.
But that family commissioned works of art from artists.
Commissioned art and illustration have always been collaborative between the
  artist, the editor and the client.
Go back to the reader's reports commissioned by the publisher.
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