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1 a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle [syn: committee]
2 a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as distinguished from a salary); "he works on commission"
3 the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions [syn: commissioning]
4 the state of being in good working order and ready for operation; "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was out of commission"
5 a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation, delegation, delegacy, mission]
6 a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: charge, direction]
7 an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces [syn: military commission]
8 the act of committing a crime [syn: perpetration, committal]
9 a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message" [syn: mission, charge]


1 put into commission; equip for service; of ships
2 place an order for
3 charge with a task

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin commissio, sending together or commission, from prefix com-, with, + noun of action missio, sending, from perfect passive participle missus, sent, from verb mittere, send, + noun of action suffix -io


  • /kəˈmɪʃən/, /k@"mIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


  1. A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).
    It was James Bond's commission to defeat the bad guys.
  2. An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.
    David received his commission after graduating from West Point.
  3. A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function. Eg: The European Commission, The Electoral Commission, The Federal Communications Commission.
    The company's sexual harassment commission made sure that every employee completed the on-line course.
  4. A fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction. Eg: Reseller commission, Finder's fee.
    ''The real-estate broker charged a four percent commission for their knowledge on bidding for commercial properties; for their intellectual perspective on making a formal offer and the strategy to obtain a mutually satisfying deal with the seller in favour of the buyer .


Derived terms


official authority
body of officials
fee charged


  1. To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.
    James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.
  2. To place an order for (often piece of art); as, commission a portrait.
    He commissioned a replica of the Mona Lisa for his living room, but the painter gave up after six months.
  3. To put into active service; as, commission a ship.
    The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.


send to do something
order a work of art
put into active service

Extensive Definition

Commission may refer to:
Commission may also be used for:

See also

commission in German: Kommission
commission in French: Commission
commission in Hebrew: ועדת חקירה ממלכתית

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