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commission

noun  /kəˈmɪʃ·ən/ us  

commission noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of people who have been formally chosen and given the authority to get information about a problem or to perform other special duties: Congress appointed a commission to study immigration policy.

commission noun (WORK REQUEST)

[C] a formal request to do a special piece of work for payment: She received a commission to paint the governor’s portrait.

commission noun (MILITARY)

[C] the official authority to be an officer in the armed forces: She received her commission as a lieutenant in the US Army.

commission noun (CRIME)

[U] the act of doing something that is illegal or considered wrong: the commission of a crime

commission noun (PAYMENT)

[C/U] a system of payment based on a percentage of the value of sales or other business done, or a payment to someone working under such a system: [C] As a real estate agent, her commission is between 4% and 6% on every sale.

commission

verb [T]  /kəˈmɪʃ·ən/ us  

commission verb [T] (WORK REQUEST)

to choose someone to do a piece of work, or to have a piece of work done: The newspaper commissioned a series of articles on the fashion industry.
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