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commission

noun     /kəˈmɪʃən/
[C or U] COMMERCE a payment to someone who sells homes , products , investments , etc., which is directly related to the amount they sell , or the practice of receiving these payments : make/pay/receive a commission The airline agreed to pay travel agents a 3% commission. His monthly salary , which is based on commissions, has dropped from about $7,000 to $1,000.be on commission People often work harder when they're on commission.
[C] (also Commission) GOVERNMENT a group of people who have been officially chosen to examine a problem and advise on the best action to take: appoint/create/establish/set up a commission Congress appointed a commission to investigate the causes of the financial crisis .
[C] (also Commission) GOVERNMENT an official organization whose job is to manage a particular activity , suggest laws relating to the activity , and make certain that laws are obeyed : communications/energy/planning, etc. commission The Energy Commission announced rules that bar municipal utilities from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants .
COMMERCE a request to do a particular piece of work for someone: accept/get/receive a commission When he was 19, he got a commission to write an orchestra piece .
(Definition of commission noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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