commission Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “commission” in the English Dictionary

"commission" in British English

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
More examples

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

commission noun (MILITARY)

[C] specialized military the ​officialauthority to be an ​officer in the ​armedforces
(Definition of commission from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commission" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of commission?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day