Definitions for: Commission

[n] the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
[n] a task that has been assigned to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
[n] the act of committing a crime
[n] an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
[n] a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury"
[n] a special group delegated to consider some matter; "A committe is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle
[n] a group of representatives or delegates
[n] a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as distinguished from a salary); "he works on commission"
[n] the state of being in good working order and ready for operation; "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was out of commission"
[v] charge with a task
[v] put into commission; equip for service; of ships
[v] place an order for

Webster (1913) Definition: Com*mis"sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See
1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of

Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a
certain degree of hardness. --South.

2. The act of intrusting; a charge; instructions as to how a
trust shall be executed.

3. The duty or employment intrusted to any person or persons;
a trust; a charge.

4. A formal written warrant or authority, granting certain
powers or privileges and authorizing or commanding the
performance of certain duties.

Let him see our commission. --Shak.

5. A certificate conferring military or naval rank and
authority; as, a colonel's commission.

6. A company of persons joined in the performance of some
duty or the execution of some trust; as, the interstate
commerce commission.

A commission was at once appointed to examine into
the matter. --Prescott.

7. (Com.)
(a) The acting under authority of, or on account of,
(b) The thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have
three commissions for the city.
(c) The brokerage or allowance made to a factor or agent
for transacting business for another; as, a commission
of ten per cent on sales. See Del credere.

Commission of array. (Eng. Hist.) See under Array.

Commission of bankruptcy, a commission appointing and
empowering certain persons to examine into the facts
relative to an alleged bankruptcy, and to secure the
bankrupt's lands and effects for the creditors.

Commission of lunacy, a commission authorizing an inquiry
whether a person is a lunatic or not.

Commission merchant, one who buys or sells goods on
commission, as the agent of others, receiving a rate per
cent as his compensation.

Commission, or Commissioned, officer (Mil.), one who has
a commission, in distinction from a noncommissioned or
warrant officer.

Commission of the peace, a commission under the great seal,
constituting one or more persons justices of the peace.

To put a vessel into commission (Naut.), to equip and man a
government vessel, and send it out on service after it has
been laid up; esp.,

Com*mis"sion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commissioned;
p. pr & vb. n. Commissioning.]
1. To give a commission to; to furnish with a commission; to
empower or authorize; as, to commission persons to perform
certain acts; to commission an officer.

2. To send out with a charge or commission.

A chosen band He first commissions to the Latian
land. --Dryden.

Syn: To appoint; depute; authorize; empower; delegate;
constitute; ordain.

Synonyms: charge, charge, commissioning, committal, committee, delegacy, delegation, deputation, direction, military commission, mission, mission, perpetration

See Also: administrative body, administrative unit, assignment, authorisation, authorise, authorization, authorize, bid, bidding, board, certificate, certification, clear, command, commissioner, committee member, conservancy, credential, credentials, crime, dictation, diplomatic mission, duty assignment, Economic and Social Council commission, ECOSOC commission, election commission, embassy, empowerment, equip, ethics committee, ethics panel, fairness commission, fee, finance committee, fit, fit out, fool's errand, jury, law-breaking, mandate, misdirection, mission impossible, National Security Council, NSC, operation, order, organisation, organization, outfit, PAC, panel, pass, planning commission, politburo, political action committee, praesidium, presidium, select committee, standing committee, steering committee, subcommittee, vestry, zoning commission

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