commission

The word commission has several very different meanings, but in its most basic meaning, commission is the act of passing a responsibility to someone else. If you receive a government commission, that means you have been assigned a task by the government.

Another common meaning of commission is the amount of money an employee earns when they sell something: In addition to his salary, he gets a 1% commission on each sale. A commission is also an order for someone to do something and get paid: The artist received a commission for a new painting to hang in the building lobby. And a commission is a high-ranking position in the armed forces, or a special committee that controls or investigates something.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: commission

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nv
the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
charge with a task
2
n
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)
3
n
a special group delegated to consider some matter
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nv
the state of being in good working order and ready for operation
put into commission; equip for service; of ships
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n
the act of committing a crime
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n
an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: commission
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n the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

Synonyms:
commissioning
Types:
mandate
the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
Type of:
authorisation, authorization, empowerment
the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

n a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

Synonyms:
charge, direction
Types:
misdirection
an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
Type of:
bid, bidding, command, dictation
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

n a special assignment that is given to a person or group

Synonyms:
charge, mission
Types:
fool's errand
a fruitless mission
mission impossible
an extremely dangerous or difficult mission
martyr operation, sacrifice operation, suicide mission
killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself; usually accomplished with a bomb
Type of:
assignment, duty assignment
a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

v charge with a task

Type of:
authorise, authorize, clear, pass
grant authorization or clearance for

v place an order for

Type of:
order
make a request for something
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n 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
Type of:
fee
a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
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n a special group delegated to consider some matter

Synonyms:
committee
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ECOSOC commission, Economic and Social Council commission
a commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
blue ribbon commission, blue ribbon committee
an independent and exclusive commission of nonpartisan statesmen and experts formed to investigate some important governmental issue
board
a committee having supervisory powers
election commission
a commission delegated to supervise an election
fairness commission
a commission delegated to ensure opportunities for the expression of opposing views
planning commission
a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
conservancy
a commission with jurisdiction over fisheries and navigation in a port or river
select committee
a parliamentary committee appointed for some special purpose
subcommittee
a subset of committee members organized for a specific purpose
standing committee
a permanent committee
steering committee
a committee to arrange the order of business for some larger (legislative) body
ethics committee, ethics panel
a committee appointed to consider ethical issues
finance committee
a committee appointed to consider financial issues
politburo
the chief executive and political committee of the Communist Party
PAC, political action committee
committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
praesidium, presidium
a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session
zoning commission
a commission delegated to supervise the zoning of areas for residential or commercial use
jury, panel
a committee appointed to judge a competition
vestry
in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church
Commission on Human Rights
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with human rights
Commission on Narcotic Drugs
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with drug traffic
Commission on the Status of Women
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with the status of women in different societies
Economic Commission for Africa
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development of African nations
Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development of countries in Asia and the Far East
Economic Commission for Europe
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development in Europe
Economic Commission for Latin America
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with economic development in Latin America
Population Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with population control
Social Development Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with social development
Statistical Commission
the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with statistical data from member nations
appeal board, appeals board, board of appeals
a board of officials that are not judicial but are appointed to hear appeals
board of selectmen
a board of officials elected to administer the public business of a New England town
Federal Reserve Board
the seven-member board governing the Federal Reserve System
governing board
a board that manages the affairs of an institution
Ways and Means Committee
a permanent committee of the United States House of Representatives that makes recommendations to the US House on all bills that would raise revenue
board of directors, directorate
a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution
advisory board, planning board
a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
draft board
a board to select personnel for involuntary military service
board of education, school board
a board in charge of local public schools
zoning board
a board of officials who divide an area into zones that are subject to different restrictions
Type of:
administrative body, administrative unit
a unit with administrative responsibilities

n a group of representatives or delegates

Synonyms:
delegacy, delegation, deputation, mission
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diplomatic mission
a mission serving diplomatic ends
embassy
an ambassador and his entourage collectively
High Commission
an embassy of one British Commonwealth country to another
foreign mission, legation
a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together
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n the state of being in good working order and ready for operation

“put the ships into commission
“the motor was out of commission
Type of:
operation
the state of being in effect or being operative

v put into commission; equip for service; of ships

Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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n the act of committing a crime

Synonyms:
committal, perpetration
Type of:
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
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n an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces

Synonyms:
military commission
Type of:
certificate, certification, credential, credentials
a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
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