4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commission \Com*mis"sion\, noun [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.]

1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating.

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, another. (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 officer} 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. [Eng.]

{on commission}, paid partly or completely by collecting as a commision a portion of the sales that one makes.

{out of commission}, not operating properly; out of order.

{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., the formal act of taking command of a vessel for service, hoisting the flag, reading the orders, etc.

{To put a vessel out of commission} (Naut.), to detach the officers and crew and retire it from active service, temporarily or permanently.

{To put the great seal into commission} or {To put the Treasury into commission}, to place it in the hands of a commissioner or commissioners during the abeyance of the ordinary administration, as between the going out of one lord keeper and the accession of another. [Eng.]

{The United States Christian Commission}, an organization among the people of the North, during the Civil War, which afforded material comforts to the Union soldiers, and performed services of a religious character in the field and in hospitals.

{The United States Sanitary Commission}, an organization formed by the people of the North to cooperate with and supplement the medical department of the Union armies during the Civil War.

Syn: Charge; warrant; authority; mandate; office; trust; employment.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commission \Com*mis"sion\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Factorage \Fac"tor*age\, noun [Cf. F. factorage.] The allowance given to a factor, as a compensation for his services; -- called also a {commission}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle [syn: {committee}, {commission}]

2: 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"

3: the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions [syn: {commission}, {commissioning}]

4: the state of being in good working order and ready for operation; "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was out of commission"

5: a group of representatives or delegates [syn: {deputation}, {commission}, {delegation}, {delegacy}, {mission}]

6: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: {commission}, {charge}, {direction}]

7: an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces [syn: {commission}, {military commission}]

8: the act of committing a crime [syn: {perpetration}, {commission}, {committal}]

9: a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message" [syn: {mission}, {charge}, {commission}]


1: put into commission; equip for service; of ships

2: place an order for

3: charge with a task

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