Definition of

Commission

  1. (noun, group) a special group delegated to consider some matter
  2. (noun, possession) 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)
  3. (noun, act) the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
  4. (noun, state) the state of being in good working order and ready for operation
    the motor was out of commission
  5. (noun, group) a group of representatives or delegates
  6. (noun, communication) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  7. (noun, communication) an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
  8. (noun, act) the act of committing a crime
  9. (noun, act) a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    his charge was deliver a message
  10. (verb, social) put into commission; equip for service; of ships
  11. (verb, social) place an order for
  12. (verb, social) charge with a task

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Commission

  1. 1344, from L. commissionem (nom. commissio) "delegation of business," from commissus, pp. of committere (see commit). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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