What does commission mean?

Definitions for commission
kəˈmɪʃ əncom·mis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. committee, commission(noun)

    a special group delegated to consider some matter

    "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle

  2. commission(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"

  3. commission, commissioning(noun)

    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

  4. commission(noun)

    the state of being in good working order and ready for operation

    "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was out of commission"

  5. deputation, commission, delegation, delegacy, mission(noun)

    a group of representatives or delegates

  6. commission, charge, direction(noun)

    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

    "the judge's charge to the jury"

  7. commission, military commission(noun)

    an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces

  8. perpetration, commission, committal(noun)

    the act of committing a crime

  9. mission, charge, commission(verb)

    a special assignment that is given to a person or group

    "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"

  10. commission(verb)

    put into commission; equip for service; of ships

  11. commission(verb)

    place an order for

  12. commission(verb)

    charge with a task


  1. commission(Noun)

    A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).

    It was James Bond's commission to defeat the bad guys.

  2. commission(Noun)

    An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.

    David received his commission after graduating from West Point.

  3. commission(Noun)

    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. commission(Noun)

    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 .

  5. commission(Noun)

    the act of committing (e.g. a crime)

    the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism

  6. commission(Noun)

    The name of a service provided to validate the completeness and accuracy of a project or venture.

    At the end of the school renovation project, Independent Commissioning Consulting, LLC will commission the buildings energy management system to ensure its functionality and conformance to the school districts specifications.

  7. commission(Verb)

    To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.

    James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.

  8. commission(Verb)

    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.

  9. commission(Verb)

    To put into active service; as, commission a ship.

    The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.

  10. Origin: From Latin commissio, from prefix com-, + noun of action missio, from perfect passive participle missus, from the verb mitto, + noun of action suffix -io.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commission(noun)

    the act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating

  2. Commission(noun)

    the act of intrusting; a charge; instructions as to how a trust shall be executed

  3. Commission(noun)

    the duty or employment intrusted to any person or persons; a trust; a charge

  4. Commission(noun)

    a formal written warrant or authority, granting certain powers or privileges and authorizing or commanding the performance of certain duties

  5. Commission(noun)

    a certificate conferring military or naval rank and authority; as, a colonel's commission

  6. Commission(noun)

    a company of persons joined in the performance of some duty or the execution of some trust; as, the interstate commerce commission

  7. Commission(noun)

    the acting under authority of, or on account of, another

  8. Commission(noun)

    the thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have three commissions for the city

  9. Commission(noun)

    the brokerage or allowance made to a factor or agent for transacting business for another; as, a commission of ten per cent on sales. See Del credere

  10. Commission(verb)

    to give a commission to; to furnish with a commission; to empower or authorize; as, to commission persons to perform certain acts; to commission an officer

  11. Commission(verb)

    to send out with a charge or commission


  1. Commission

    The payment of commission as remuneration for services rendered or products sold is a common way to reward sales people. Payments often will be calculated on the basis of a percentage of the goods sold. This is a way for firms to solve the principal–agent problem, by attempting to realign employees' interests with those of the firm. One of the most common means of attempting to align principal and agent interests is to design a contract with incentives that track agent performance. The principal–agent theory provides an explanation for the dissimilarities across the marketing firms in the types of compensation plans used by them, such as fixed salary, straight commission or a combination of both fixed salary and straight commissions. Although many types of commission systems exist, a common form is known as On Target Earnings, where commission rates are based on the achievement of specific targets that have been agreed upon between management and the salesperson. Commissions are intended to create a strong incentive for employees to invest maximum effort into their work. Note that often a firm embracing a commission structure may not involve employees, but may solely establish themselves using independent contractors. An example of this in the USA could be a real estate agent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commission

    kom-ish′un, n. act of committing: that which is committed: a writing conferring certain powers: authority: the percentage paid in a transaction to an active agent who usually incurs some pecuniary and always some moral responsibility: a body of persons appointed to perform certain duties: a warrant from the head of the state for holding various military offices, whether combatant or non-combatant.—v.t. to give a commission to: to empower: to send: to appoint.—ns. Commis′sion-ag′ent, Commis′sion-mer′chant, a person employed to sell goods delivered to him by another (his principal), for a certain percentage—his commission or factorage; Commissionaire′, a messenger, or light porter: one employed about public places and hotels to undertake light commissions.—adj. Commis′sioned.—ns. Commis′sioner, one who holds a commission to perform some business: a member of a commission; Commis′sionership.—Commissioned officer, one appointed by commission—in the navy, the officers from the lieutenant; in the army, from the ensign upwards. [From Commit.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. commission

    The authority by which an officer officiates in his post. Also, an allowance paid to agents or factors for transacting the business of others.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. commission

    A writing, generally in the form of a warrant or letters-patent, authorizing the performance of duties, or exercise of powers belonging to another. Instruments bearing this title are issued by the Executive to officers in the army or navy, who, on confirmation of their appointment, are known as commissioned officers. The practice of buying and selling all commissions under the rank of colonel, which formerly prevailed in the British army, was abolished in 1871.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commission' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #957

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commission' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1632

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commission' in Nouns Frequency: #398

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commission' in Verbs Frequency: #807

How to pronounce commission?

  1. Alex
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How to say commission in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commission in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of commission in a Sentence

  1. Richard Kerr:

    We need a commission.

  2. James R. Cook:

    A Salesman sees a commission.

  3. Jason Kander:

    The commission should not exist.

  4. Otto Perez:

    It is a commission that reports to no-one.

  5. Fred Allen:

    Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commission.

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  • поръчвам, комисионна, назначение, пускам в експлоатация, комисия, поръчениеBulgarian
  • কমিশনBengali
  • komise, provizeCzech
  • in Betrieb nehmen, in Auftrag geben, Provision, Abschlußprämie, Auftrag, in Dienst stellen, beauftragen, Abschlußprovision, KommissionGerman
  • επιτροπήGreek
  • komisionoEsperanto
  • comisión, encargarSpanish
  • کمیسیونPersian
  • provisio, välityspalkkio, asettaa palvelukseen, antaa tehtäväksi, toimeksianto, valtuuskunta, komitea, tilata, komissio, toimikunta, tehtäväFinnish
  • charger, commission d'agent immobilier, courtage, commission, mettre en service, missionner, commanderFrench
  • coimisiúnIrish
  • barrantachd, barrantaichScottish Gaelic
  • commissioLatin
  • suruhanjaya, komisiMalay
  • commissie, afsluitprovisie, afsluitpremieDutch
  • prowizja, komisja, zlecić, zlecaćPolish
  • comissão, acometimento, encarregar, cometimento, missãoPortuguese
  • misiuneRomanian
  • комиссия, назначение, комиссионныеRussian
  • kommission, uppdrag, avgift, ge beställning på, uppdra, provision, beställa, ge i uppdragSwedish
  • kodi, kodishaSwahili
  • தரகுTamil

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