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Meaning of “commission” in the English Dictionary

"commission" in British English

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commissionverb

uk   us   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/
  • commission verb (REQUEST WORK)

[T] to ​formallychoose someone to do a ​specialpiece of ​work, or to ​formallyask for a ​specialpiece of ​work from someone: The ​newspaper commissioned a ​series of ​articles on the ​worst excesses of the ​fashionindustry. She's commissioned an ​artist to ​paint her ​portrait.

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  • commission verb (MAKE OFFICER)

[T usually passive] specialized military to give someone the ​officialauthority to be an ​officer in the ​armedforces: Grandfather was commissioned as Group ​Captain in the RAF just before the ​war.

commissionnoun

uk   us   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/
  • commission noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people who have been ​formallychosen to ​discoverinformation about a ​problem or ​examine the ​reasons why the ​problemexists: a commission onalcoholabuse/​racialtension The ​government has set up/established a commission to ​investigate the ​problem of ​innercityviolence.

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  • commission noun (PAYMENT)

[C or U] a ​payment to someone who ​sellsgoods that is ​directlyrelated to the ​amountsold, or a ​system that uses such ​payments: Is she ​paid a ​regularwage or is it on/by commission only? She gets a 15 ​percent commission on every ​machine she ​sells.
  • commission noun (WORK)

[C] a ​request to do a ​specialpiece of ​work: [+ to infinitive] She's just got a commission topaintSir Ellis Pike's ​wife. Do you do/take commissions?
  • commission noun (CRIME)

[U] formal the ​act of ​committing a ​crime: the commission of the ​crime/​offence/​murder
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commission" in American English

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commissionnoun

 us   /kəˈmɪʃ·ən/
  • commission noun (GROUP)

[C] a ​group of ​people who have been ​formallychosen and given the ​authority to get ​information about a ​problem or to ​perform other ​special duties: Congressappointed a commission to ​studyimmigrationpolicy.
  • commission noun (WORK REQUEST)

[C] a ​formalrequest to do a ​specialpiece of ​work for ​payment: She ​received a commission to ​paint the governor’s ​portrait.
  • commission noun (MILITARY)

[C] the ​officialauthority to be an ​officer in the ​armedforces: She ​received her commission as a ​lieutenant in the US ​Army.
  • commission noun (CRIME)

[U] the ​act of doing something that is ​illegal or ​consideredwrong: the commission of a ​crime
  • commission noun (PAYMENT)

[C/U] a ​system of ​paymentbased 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 ​realestateagent, her commission is between 4% and 6% on every ​sale.

commissionverb [T]

 us   /kəˈmɪʃ·ən/
  • 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 ​fashionindustry.
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commission" in Business English

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commissionnoun

uk   us   /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 ​airlineagreed to ​paytravelagents 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 ​workharder 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 Congressappointed a commission to ​investigate the causes of the ​financialcrisis.
[C] (also Commission) GOVERNMENT an ​officialorganization whose ​job is to ​manage a particular ​activity, suggest ​lawsrelating to the ​activity, and make ​certain that ​laws are obeyed: communications/energy/planning, etc. commission The Energy Commission announced ​rules that ​barmunicipalutilities from ​signing new ​contracts with coal-fired ​powerplants.
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.

commissionverb [T]

uk   /kəˈmɪʃən/
to ​ask someone do a particular ​piece of ​work for you: The ​newspaper commissioned a ​series of ​articles on the ​fashionindustry.
out of commission broken or not ​available to be used: put sth/take sth out of commission In Port Arthur, three ​majorrefineries were taken out of commission by ​powerfailures.
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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