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commission

verb uk   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/ us  

commission verb (REQUEST WORK)

[T] to formally choose someone to do a special piece of work, or to formally ask for a special piece of work from someone: The newspaper commissioned a series of articles on the worst excesses of the fashion industry. She's commissioned an artist to paint her portrait.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs

commission verb (MAKE OFFICER)

[T usually passive] specialized military to give someone the official authority to be an officer in the armed forces: Grandfather was commissioned as Group Captain in the RAF just before the war.Joining or leaving the army

commission

noun uk   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/ us  

commission noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists: a commission on alcohol abuse/racial tension The government have set up/established a commission to investigate the problem of inner city violence.Societies, clubs and organizations

commission noun (PAYMENT)

[C or U] a payment to someone who sells goods that is directly related to the amount of goods sold, or a system that uses such payments: Is she paid a regular wage or is it on/by commission only? She gets a 15 percent commission on every machine she sells.Earning money and money earnedForms of money and methods of payment

commission noun (WORK)

[C] a request to do a special piece of work: [+ to infinitive] She's just got a commission to paint Sir Ellis Pike's wife. Do you do/take commissions?Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs

commission noun (CRIME)

[U] formal the act of committing a crime: the commission of the crime/offence/murderObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour

commission noun (MILITARY)

[C] specialized military the official authority to be an officer in the armed forcesJoining or leaving the army
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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