From Middle English commissioun, from Old French commission, from Latin commissiō (“sending together; commission”), from prefix com- (“with”) + noun of action missiō (“sending”), from perfect passive participle missus (“sent”), from the verb mittō (“to send”) + noun of action suffix -iō.
- A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).
- An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.
- David received his commission after graduating from West Point.
- The thing to be done as agent for another.
- I have three commissions for the city.
- A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function.
- 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.
- A fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction.
- a reseller's commission
- 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.
- Hyponyms: (to a broker) brokerage, (to a shroff) shroffage
- The act of committing (e.g. a crime or error).
- the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism
- Antonym: omission
- (transitive) To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.
- James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.
- 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal
- Stanning, who was commissioned from Sandhurst in 2008 and has served in Afghanistan, is not the first solider[sic – meaning soldier] to bail out the organisers at these Games but will be among the most celebrated.
- (transitive) To place an order for (often a piece of art).
- He commissioned a replica of the Mona Lisa for his living room, but the painter gave up after six months.
- (transitive, especially of a ship or boat) To put into active service.
- The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.
commission f (plural commissions)
- commission (fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction)