What does commission mean?

Definitions for commission
kəˈmɪʃ əncom·mis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. committee, commissionnoun

    a special group delegated to consider some matter

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

  2. commissionnoun

    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, commissioningnoun

    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

  4. commissionnoun

    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, missionnoun

    a group of representatives or delegates

  6. commission, charge, directionnoun

    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

    "the judge's charge to the jury"

  7. commission, military commissionnoun

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

  8. perpetration, commission, committalnoun

    the act of committing a crime

  9. mission, charge, commissionverb

    a special assignment that is given to a person or group

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

  10. commissionverb

    put into commission; equip for service; of ships

  11. commissionverb

    place an order for

  12. commissionverb

    charge with a task


  1. commissionnoun

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

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

  2. commissionnoun

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

    David received his commission after graduating from West Point.

  3. commissionnoun

    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. commissionnoun

    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. commissionnoun

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

    the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism

  6. commissionnoun

    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. commissionverb

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

    James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.

  8. commissionverb

    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. commissionverb

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

    The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: commissio, low Latin.

    Commission is the warrant, or letters patent, that all men exercising jurisdiction, either ordinary or extraordinary, have for their power. John Cowell.

    Omission to do what is necessary,
    Seals a commission to a blank of danger. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.

    The subjects grief
    Comes through commissions, which compel from each
    The sixth part of his substance, to be levied
    Without delay. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He led our powers;
    Bore the commission of my place and person;
    The which immediacy may well stand up,
    And call itself your brother. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He would have them fully acquainted with the nature and extent of their office, and so he joins commission with instruction: by one he conveys power, by the other knowledge. South.

    Solyman, filled with the vain hope of the conquest of Persia, gave out his commissions into all parts of his empire, for the raising of a mighty army. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    I was made a colonel; though I gained my commission by the horse’s virtues, having leapt over a six-bar gate. Joseph Addison, Freeh.

    He for his son a gay commission buys,
    Who drinks, whores, fights, and in a duel dies. Alexander Pope.

    It was both a strange commission, and a strange obedience to a commission, for men, in the midst of their own blood, and being so furiously assailed, to hold their hands contrary to the laws of nature and necessity. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Such commission from above
    I have receiv’d, to answer thy desire
    Of knowledge within bounds: beyond, abstain
    To ask. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    At his command the storms invade;
    The winds by his commission blow;
    ’Till with a nod he bids them cease. Dryden.

    He bore his great commission in his look;
    But sweetly temper’d awe, and soften’d all he spoke. Dryd.

    Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. Robert South, Sermons.

    He indulges himself in the habit of known sin, whether commission of something which God hath forbidden, or the omission of something commanded. John Rogers, Sermons.

  2. To Commissionverb

    To empower; to appoint.

    Etymology: from commission.

    The peace polluted thus, a chosen band
    He first commissions to the Latian land,
    In threat’ning embassy. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii. l. 648.


  1. commission

    A commission is a sum of money given to someone, such as a salesperson or broker, as a reward for services rendered, often calculated as a percentage of sales achieved or transactions completed. It can also refer to the act of entrusting someone with a specific task, authority or jurisdiction or to a group of people officially charged with a particular function.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commissionnoun

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

  2. Commissionnoun

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

  3. Commissionnoun

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

  4. Commissionnoun

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

  5. Commissionnoun

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

  6. Commissionnoun

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

  7. Commissionnoun

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

  8. Commissionnoun

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

  9. Commissionnoun

    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. Commissionverb

    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. Commissionverb

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. commission

    A group of people with a specific vision, strategy, goals, plans, objectives, budget, team roles, responsibilities, and scheduled reviews defined in a form of unity governmental legislation. The group focus positively on cocreating optimum health, human rights, right to life, shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to childcare, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    They created a commission to serve a particular purpose and report to the unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

  2. commission

    A group of people with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, skills and where relevant qualifications and training employed by a form of unity government to fulfill specific roles and responsibilities with the team vision, strategy, goals, plans, objectives, budget, team roles, responsibilities, and scheduled reviews defined in a form of unity governmental legislation.

    Unity governmental commissions are an important facet of a country to create and empower transparency and important data, facts, information, research and statistics.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 17, 2020  

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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

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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. David Clements:

    I articulated what we call the county commission strategy some time ago because we kept running into these bottlenecks, where you have to get an entire legislature to approve.

  2. Janet Yellen:

    We really need to understand exactly what happened and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is working hard to assemble a report that gives us the facts, and when we have them we can look at whether or not there were issues that need to be addressed through new policy or regulations.

  3. Soumitra Kulkarni:

    His customers see something new and that it is working well. The tea-seller markets it and gets a commission for each stove.

  4. Mukuel Nab:

    Share brokers are rogues . They shut their web server at the time of market fall to get commission from companies

  5. The NFL:

    Just months after executing a safe and successful Super Bowl LV, we look forward to bringing the excitement of our Draft traditions to fans in collaboration with the Browns, Destination Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the City of Cleveland, and all of our local Cleveland partners.

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Translations for commission

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  • поръчвам, поръчение, комисионна, комисия, назначение, пускам в експлоатацияBulgarian
  • কমিশনBengali
  • provize, komiseCzech
  • Kommission, in Betrieb nehmen, in Auftrag geben, Provision, Abschlußprämie, Auftrag, in Dienst stellen, beauftragen, AbschlußprovisionGerman
  • επιτροπήGreek
  • komisionoEsperanto
  • encargar, comisiónSpanish
  • کمیسیونPersian
  • valtuuskunta, komitea, toimeksianto, tilata, antaa tehtäväksi, komissio, asettaa palvelukseen, toimikunta, tehtävä, provisio, välityspalkkioFinnish
  • commander, charger, commission, missionner, mettre en service, courtage, commission d'agent immobilierFrench
  • coimisiúnIrish
  • barrantachd, barrantaichScottish Gaelic
  • commissioLatin
  • suruhanjaya, komisiMalay
  • commissie, afsluitpremie, afsluitprovisieDutch
  • zlecić, komisja, prowizja, zlecaćPolish
  • acometimento, cometimento, comissão, encarregar, missãoPortuguese
  • misiuneRomanian
  • назначение, комиссия, комиссионныеRussian
  • provision, uppdrag, uppdra, kommission, ge beställning på, beställa, ge i uppdrag, avgiftSwedish
  • kodi, kodishaSwahili
  • தரகுTamil

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. suffuse
    • B. monish
    • C. caddie
    • D. fluster

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