• WordNet 3.6
    • v commission charge with a task
    • v commission put into commission; equip for service; of ships
    • v commission place an order for
    • n commission a special assignment that is given to a person or group "a confidential mission to London","his charge was deliver a message"
    • n commission the act of committing a crime
    • n commission the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
    • n commission an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
    • n commission a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something "the judge's charge to the jury"
    • n commission a special group delegated to consider some matter "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle"
    • n commission a group of representatives or delegates
    • n commission 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 commission the state of being in good working order and ready for operation "put the ships into commission","the motor was out of commission"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
    • Commission A certificate conferring military or naval rank and authority; as, a colonel's commission .
    • Commission 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."
    • Commission 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 ."
    • Commission The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. "Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness."
    • Commission The act of intrusting; a charge; instructions as to how a trust shall be executed.
    • Commission (Com) The acting under authority of, or on account of, another.
    • Commission (Com) 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 The duty or employment intrusted to any person or persons; a trust; a charge.
    • Commission (Com) The thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have three commissions for the city.
    • Commission 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.
    • Commission To send out with a charge or commission. "A chosen band
      He first commissions to the Latian land."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, commissioned by the United States Navy in 1954, made her maiden voyage on Jan. 17, 1955.
    • n commission The act of committing or doing: often with the implication that the thing done is morally wrong: as, the commission of a crime.
    • n commission The act of intrusting, as a charge or duty.
    • n commission That which is committed, intrusted, or delivered.
    • n commission The warrant by which any trust is held or any authority exercised.
    • n commission Specifically— A warrant granted by government authority to a person, or to a body of persons, to inquire into and report on any subject.
    • n commission The document issued by the government to officers in the army and navy, judges, justices of the peace, and others, conferring authority to perform their various functions; also, the power thus granted.
    • n commission A writ which issues from a court of law for various purposes, such as the taking of evidence from witnesses who are unable to appear in court.
    • n commission Hence Charge; order; mandate; authority given.
    • n commission A body of persons intrusted jointly with the performance of certain special duties, usually of a public or legal character, either permanently or temporarily.
    • n commission In com., authority delegated by another for the purchase and sale of goods; the position or business of an agent; agency: thus, to trade or do business on commission is to buy or sell for another by his authority.
    • n commission The allowance made or the percentage given to a factor or agent for transacting business, or to an executor, administrator, or trustee, as his compensation for administering an estate.
    • n commission See to put in commission, below.
    • n commission In the United States navy, to transfer (a ship) from the navy-yard authorities to the command of the officer ordered in charge. Upon this transfer being made the ensign and pendant are hoisted, and the ship is then said to be in commission.
    • n commission Synonyms Perpetration.
    • n commission Percentage, brokerage, fee.
    • commission To give a commission to; empower or authorize by commission.
    • commission To send with a mandate or authority; send as a commission.
    • commission Synonyms To appoint, depute, delegate.
    • n commission A shirt.
    • n commission In naval use, a period of active service of a war-ship, from the time she is put into commission until she is again out of commission. In the British navy this period is from 2 to 5 years. In the United States navy there is no fixed length of commission.
    • commission To order, as a war-ship, into active service, or to place in commission with formal ceremony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The man who commissioned the Mona Lisa refused it.
    • n Commission kom-ish′un act of committing: that which is committed: a writing conferring certain powers: authority: the percentage paid in a transaction to an active agent who usually incurs some pecuniary and always some moral responsibility: a body of persons appointed to perform certain duties: a warrant from the head of the state for holding various military offices, whether combatant or non-combatant
    • v.t Commission to give a commission to: to empower: to send: to appoint
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  • Fred A. Allen
    “An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.”
  • Keith Davis
    Keith Davis
    “We didn't actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.”
  • Benjamin Harrison
    Benjamin Harrison
    “We have no commission from God to police the world.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission. While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day.”
  • Theodore Tronchin
    Theodore Tronchin
    “In medicine sins of commission are mortal, sins of omission are venial.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. commissio,. See Commit


In literature:

This region was surveyed by the boundary commission of 1885.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
They had a single Assembly with a known and well-defined commission, and the gravest danger of the hour was obstruction and delay.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
State Factory Investigating Commission, Vol.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
Conference between the Commission appointed to represent the meeting of Delegates at Vereeniging, and Lord Kitchener and Lord Milner.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Each year a few enlisted men are promoted to be commissioned officers.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
On his visits to London, he could be entrusted with commissions.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Illinois created a railroad and warehouse commission with power to fix rates and annul warehouse charters.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
When Colonel Spencer and Colonel Cole appeared he told them he had come for a commission.
"Bacon's Rebellion, 1676" by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker
The officers and non-commissioned officers had to be trained from the beginning.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
In the main the work of the French Yellow Fever Commission working in Rio de Janeiro has confirmed the findings of the American Commission.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane

In poetry:

Preach the Gospel, make it clear,
By the blood of Christ remission;
Give the message, make them hear,
This alone is our commission.
"Preach The Gospel" by Daniel Webster Moody
Thine to bear high Heaven's commission,
Thine to wield the Spirit's sword;
Soldier of the Cross, a victor
In the battles of the Lord.
"Garibaldi's Mission" by Janet Hamilton
Fain would they to their lost estate
Return; but lo, within the gate,
Bearing commission from his Lord,
An angel waves a flaming sword.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
"I'll make your great commission known,
And ye shall prove my gospel true,
By all the works that I have done,
By all the wonders ye shall do.
"Hymn 128" by Isaac Watts
But if the fire, or plague, or sword,
Receive commission from the Lord
To strike his saints among the rest,
Their very pains and deaths are blest.
"Psalm 91 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I offered to procure him weeds -
Wines fit for one in his position -
But, though an ass in all his deeds,
He'd learnt the meaning of "commission."
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

President Barack Obama made his sixth nomination to the District's federal trial court Thursday, tapping US Sentencing Commission member Ketanji Brown Jackson.
We should find out next week if Gov Jan Brewer will make good on her threats from this week and impeach Colleen Mathis, the chairwoman of the Independent Redistricting Commission, or any other member of the commission.
Robert Lewis has won the approval from the Metropolitan Planning Commission and he's now asking the Parish Commission for the green light.
With a special Town Meeting looming on Nov 19 that could abolish the Recreation Commission as an elected board, the embattled commission is facing yet another predicament.
The final report from the Obama debt commission was approved by 11 of the 18 commission members on a strong bipartisan basis.
Earlier this year, InfoComm International published the newest edition of its AV Installation Handbook, with new Also new is a detailed Commissioning Tests Checklist, developed by the Project Commissioning Working Group.
Retro- commissioning and Existing Building Commissioning .
A federal judge is trying to determine how much money the former director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission stole from the commission.
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission's moves to eradicate wild hogs may have added fuel to a smoldering controversy in the Legislature over whether the commission should be transformed or even abolished.
The planning commission asked Baker to give the unofficial presentation so that the commission and residents could get an idea of what would be required if they decided to try to incorporate Erda.
Cecilia Kang is a national technology reporter, writing about tech and Internet policies at the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission and how regulations affect businesses and consumers.
Newton commission to meetThe Newton City Commission will meet at 9 am Tuesday at Newton City Hall, 201 E Sixth.
Former Governor and head of the 9-11 Commission, Tom Kean joins Brian to talk politics and re-examine the work of the 9-11 Commission.
Thomas Kean co-chaired the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States -- the 9/11 Commission -- which developed recommendations for how the government should be reformed to combat terrorism.
Gregory Jaczko, commission chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission , is resigning.

In science:

This work was supported in part by the European Commission under a TMR grant, the German Israeli Foundation, and the Naftali and Anna BackenrothBronicki Fund for Research in Chaos and Complexity.
A simple model for drag reduction
The third and fourth authors were partially supported by the European Commission and the Swiss Federal Government through funding for the Research Training Network Mechanics and Symmetry in Europe (MASIE).
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
Computer time has been granted by IDRIS (pro ject 000544 and 021202). M.C. was supported by a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission, contract No.
Superconductivity from doping boron icosahedra
OC acknowledges support from the European Commission under contract no.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Robert for their help in building and commissionning the detector, and D.
First tests of a Micromegas TPC in a magnetic field