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.

Definitions of commission
  1. noun
    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
    synonyms: commissioning
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    mandate
    the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
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    authorisation, authorization, empowerment
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
  2. noun
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    synonyms: charge, direction, mandate
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    misdirection
    an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
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    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  3. noun
    a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    synonyms: charge, mission
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    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
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    assignment, duty assignment
    a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
  4. verb
    charge with a task
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    authorise, authorize, clear, pass
    grant authorization or clearance for
  5. verb
    place an order for
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    order
    make a request for something
  6. noun
    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
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    fee
    a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
  7. noun
    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
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    administrative body, administrative unit
    a unit with administrative responsibilities
  8. noun
    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 or her entourage collectively
    High Commission
    an embassy of one British Commonwealth country to another
    foreign mission, legation
    a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister
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    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
  9. noun
    the state of being in good working order and ready for operation
    “put the ships into commission
    “the motor was out of commission
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    operation
    the state of being in effect or being operative
  10. verb
    put into commission; equip for service; of ships
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  11. noun
    the act of committing a crime
    synonyms: committal, perpetration
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    crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
  12. noun
    an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
    synonyms: military commission
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    certificate, certification, credential, credentials
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
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