UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kəˈmɪʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kəˈmɪʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kə mishən)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•mis•sion /kəˈmɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. an order to perform a task, job, or duty:[countable]I received this commission directly from the king.
  2. Military the authority, position, or rank of an officer in any of the armed forces:[countable]She resigned her commission.
  3. Government a group of persons given authority, such as to investigate wrongdoing or discover the facts about something:[countable]a special commission to investigate political corruption.
  4. [countable] a task or matter committed to one's charge;
    official assignment: The architect received a commission to design an office building.
  5. the act of committing or perpetrating a crime, error, etc.:[uncountable]The commission of a crime was not clearly established in court.
  6. Businessa sum or percentage of money allowed to agents, etc., for their services, usually based on the value or price of what gets sold: [uncountable;  on/by + ~]He works on commission, so in a slow week of sales he doesn't make much money.[countable]He gets a commission of 10% on all sales above $5,000.

  1. to give a commission to: [+ object + to + verb]commissioned the panel to investigate the charges of bribery.[+ object]He was commissioned in the Army in 1946.
  1. Idiomsin (or out of ) commission, [uncountable] in (or not in) service or operating order:We'll have to walk; the elevator is out of commission again.

See -mis-, -mit-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•mis•sion  (kə mishən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of committing or giving in charge.
  2. an authoritative order, charge, or direction.
  3. authority granted for a particular action or function.
  4. a document granting such authority.
  5. Militarya 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.
  6. Militarythe power thus granted.
  7. Militarythe position or rank of an officer in any of the armed forces.
  8. Governmenta group of persons authoritatively charged with particular functions:a parks commission.
  9. the condition of being placed under special authoritative responsibility or charge.
  10. a task or matter committed to one's charge;
    official assignment:The architect received a commission to design an office building.
  11. the act of committing or perpetrating a crime, error, etc.:The commission of a misdemeanor is punishable by law.
  12. something that is committed.
  13. Businessauthority to act as agent for another or others in commercial transactions.
  14. Businessa sum or percentage allowed to agents, sales representatives, etc., for their services:to work on a 20 percent commission.
  15. Idiomsin commission: 
    • in service.
    • in operating order:A great deal of work will be necessary to put this car in commission again.
    • , Military, Nautical, Naval TermsAlso,  into commission. [Navy.](of a ship) manned and in condition for or ordered to active service.
  16. Business, Idiomson 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.
  17. out of commission: 
    • Idiomsnot in service.
    • Idiomsnot in operating order:The stove is out of commission.

  1. to give a commission to:to commission a graduate of a military academy.
  2. to authorize;
    send on a mission.
  3. Militaryto give the order that places a warship, military command, etc., in a state of complete readiness for active duty.
  4. to give a commission or order for:The owners commissioned a painting for the building's lobby.
com•mission•a•ble, adj. 
com•mission•al, adj. 
com•missive, adj. 
com•missive•ly, adv. 
  • Latin commissiōn- (stem of commissiō) a committing. See com-, mission, commit
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
commission /kəˈmɪʃən/ n
  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. a document conferring a rank on an officer
  5. the rank or authority thereby granted
  6. a group of people charged with certain duties: a commission of inquiry
  7. a government agency or board empowered to exercise administrative, judicial, or legislative authority
    See also Royal Commission
  8. the authority given to a person or organization to act as an agent to a principal in commercial transactions
  9. the fee allotted to an agent for services rendered
  10. the state of being charged with specific duties or responsibilities
  11. the act of committing a sin, crime, etc
  12. good working condition or (esp of a ship) active service (esp in the phrases in or into commission, out of commission)
  1. (transitive) to grant authority to; charge with a duty or task
  2. (transitive) to confer a rank on or authorize an action by
  3. (transitive) to equip and test (a ship) for active service
  4. to make or become operative or operable: the plant is due to commission next year
  5. (transitive) to place an order for (something): to commission a portrait
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin commissiō a bringing together, from committere to commit
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Collocations: a [governmental, national, special] commission, the [Parks, Forests, Glades] Commission, The European Commission , more...

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