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"commission" in British English

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commissionverb

uk   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/ us   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/
  • 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.

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  • 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.

commissionnoun

uk   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/ us   /kəˈmɪʃ.ən/
  • 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 has set up/established a commission to investigate the problem of inner city violence.

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  • commission noun (PAYMENT)

[C or U] a payment to someone who sells goods that is directly related to the amount 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.
  • 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 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.

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 fashion industry.
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commission" in Business English

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commissionnoun

uk   /kəˈmɪʃən/ us  
[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.

commissionverb [T]

uk   /kəˈmɪʃən/ us
to ask someone do a particular piece of work for you: The newspaper commissioned a series of articles on the fashion industry.
out of commission
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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