commissions, commissioning, commissioned
1) VERB If you commission something or commission someone to do something, you formally arrange for someone to do a piece of work for you.

[V n] The Ministry of Agriculture commissioned a study into low-input farming...

[V n to-inf] You can commission them to paint something especially for you.

[V-ed] ...specially commissioned reports.

Derived words:
-commissioned COMB in ADJ

...Government-commissioned research.

Commission is also a noun.

Our china can be bought off the shelf or by commission... He approached John Wexley with a commission to write the screenplay of the film.

2) N-COUNT A commission is a piece of work that someone is asked to do and is paid for.

Just a few days ago, I finished a commission.

3) N-VAR: oft on N Commission is a sum of money paid to a salesperson for every sale that he or she makes. If a salesperson is paid on commission, the amount they receive depends on the amount they sell.

The salesmen work on commission only...

He also got a commission for bringing in new clients.

4) N-UNCOUNT If a bank or other company charges commission, they charge a fee for a providing a service, for example for exchanging money or issuing an insurance policy.

Travel agents charge 1 per cent commission on sterling cheques...

Sellers pay a fixed commission fee.

5) N-COUNT-COLL A commission is a group of people who have been appointed to find out about something or to control something.

The authorities have been asked to set up a commission to investigate the murders.

...the Press Complaints Commission.

6) N-UNCOUNT The commission of a crime is the act of committing a crime. [FORMAL] organisation which is actively engaged in the commission of criminal terrorist acts.

7) N-COUNT If a member of the armed forces receives a commission, he or she becomes an officer.

He accepted a commission as a naval officer.

8) VERB: usu passive If a member of the armed forces is commissioned, he or she is made an officer.

[be V-ed as n] He was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Air Force...

[V-ed] Only commissioned officers qualify for the Military Cross. [Also be V-ed]

9) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If something, for example a ship or a piece of equipment, is out of commission, it is broken and cannot be used until it is repaired.

The operator expects the ship to be out of commission until the end of September.

10) See also High Commission

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • commission — [ kɔmisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; mot du Nord; lat. commissio, de committere → commettre I ♦ Didact. Charge, mandat. ⇒ attribution, délégation, mission. Donner une commission à qqn. Charger qqn d une commission. Exécuter, remplir une commission. 1 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • commission — COMMISSION. s. f. Fait, action, chose commise. En ce sens il n est guère d usage qu en cette phrase, Péché de commission. On l oppose à péché d omission. f♛/b] Il signifie aussi, Charge qu on donne à quelqu un de faire quelque chose. Commission… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • commission — Commission. s. f. v. Fait, action, chose commise. En ce sens il n a guere d usage qu en cette phrase, Peché de commission, qui s oppose à peché d obmission. Il signifie aussi, Charge qu on donne à quelqu un de faire quelque chose. Commission… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Commission — Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commission — com·mis·sion n 1: a formal written authorization to perform various acts and duties a notary s commission 2 a: authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another b: a task or matter entrusted to one as the agent for another 3 a: a group… …   Law dictionary

  • commission — Commission, Curatio, Delegatio, Mandatum, Epistalma. Commissions de la Cour, Mandata Curiae. Une commission en forme, Authoritas mandati subsignata. La commission de faire les enquestes des parties, Inquirendi prouincia. Bailler commission de… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Commission — may refer to: Commission (remuneration), a form of payment to an agent for services rendered Commission (document), a document given to commissioned officers. Commissioning, a process or service provided to validate the completeness and accuracy… …   Wikipedia

  • Commission — Com*mis sion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commissioned}; p. pr & vb. n. {Commissioning}.] 1. To give a commission to; to furnish with a commission; to empower or authorize; as, to commission persons to perform certain acts; to commission an officer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commission — [kə mish′ən] n. [ME & OFr < ML commissio, delegation of business (in L, a bringing together in a contest) < L commissus, pp. of committere: see COMMIT] 1. a) an authorization to perform certain duties or tasks, or to take on certain powers… …   English World dictionary

  • Commission I — is a body in the Indonesian legislature, the People s Representative Council. It has similar functions to both the Foreign Relations Committee and the Armed Services Committee in the United States Senate.The MPs in delegation of Commission I s… …   Wikipedia

  • commission — [n1] task, duty agency, appointment, authority, brevet, certificate, charge, consignment, delegation, deputation, diploma, embassy, employment, errand, function, instruction, legation, mandate, mission, obligation, office, permit, power of… …   New thesaurus

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