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COMMISSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commission mean? 

COMMISSION (noun)
  The noun COMMISSION has 9 senses:

1. a special group delegated to consider some matter
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)
3. the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
4. the state of being in good working order and ready for operation
5. a group of representatives or delegates
6. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
7. an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
8. the act of committing a crime
9. a special assignment that is given to a person or group

  Familiarity information: COMMISSION used as a noun is familiar.


COMMISSION (verb)
  The verb COMMISSION has 3 senses:

1. put into commission; equip for service; of ships
2. place an order for
3. charge with a task

  Familiarity information: COMMISSION used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMISSION (noun)


Sense 1commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A special group delegated to consider some matter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

commission; committee

Context example:

a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

administrative body; administrative unit (a unit with administrative responsibilities)

Meronyms (members of "commission"):

committee member (a member of a committee)

commissioner (a member of a commission)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commission"):

ethics committee; ethics panel (a committee appointed to consider ethical issues)

finance committee (a committee appointed to consider financial issues)

politburo (the chief executive and political committee of the Communist Party)

PAC; political action committee (committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates)

praesidium; presidium (a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session)

zoning commission (a commission delegated to supervise the zoning of areas for residential or commercial use)

jury; panel (a committee appointed to judge a competition)

vestry (in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church)

steering committee (a committee to arrange the order of business for some larger (legislative) body)

standing committee (a permanent committee)

subcommittee (a subset of committee members organized for a specific purpose)

Economic and Social Council commission; ECOSOC commission (a commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations)

blue ribbon commission; blue ribbon committee (an independent and exclusive commission of nonpartisan statesmen and experts formed to investigate some important governmental issue)

board (a committee having supervisory powers)

election commission (a commission delegated to supervise an election)

fairness commission (a commission delegated to ensure opportunities for the expression of opposing views)

planning commission (a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments)

conservancy (a commission with jurisdiction over fisheries and navigation in a port or river)

select committee (a parliamentary committee appointed for some special purpose)


Sense 2commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

he works on commission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

fee (a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services)


Sense 3commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

commissioning; commission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

authorisation; authorization; empowerment (the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commission"):

mandate (the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory)


Sense 4commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being in good working order and ready for operation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

put the ships into commission / the motor was out of commission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

operation (the state of being in effect or being operative)


Sense 5commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of representatives or delegates

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

deputation; delegation; delegacy; commission; mission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commission"):

diplomatic mission (a mission serving diplomatic ends)

embassy (an ambassador and his entourage collectively)


Sense 6commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

commission; direction; charge

Context example:

the judge's charge to the jury

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

bid; bidding; command; dictation (an authoritative direction or instruction to do something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commission"):

misdirection (an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge)


Sense 7commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

military commission; commission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

certificate; certification; credential; credentials (a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 8commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of committing a crime

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

perpetration; committal; commission

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

crime; law-breaking ((criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act)


Sense 9commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A special assignment that is given to a person or group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

mission; commission; charge

Context examples:

a confidential mission to London / his charge was deliver a message

Hypernyms ("commission" is a kind of...):

assignment; duty assignment (a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commission"):

fool's errand (a fruitless mission)

mission impossible (an extremely dangerous or difficult mission)

martyr operation; sacrifice operation; suicide mission (killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself; usually accomplished with a bomb)


COMMISSION (verb)


Sense 1commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into commission; equip for service; of ships

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "commission" is one way to...):

equip; fit; fit out; outfit (provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place an order for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "commission" is one way to...):

order (make a request for something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 3commission [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Charge with a task

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "commission" is one way to...):

authorise; authorize; clear; pass (grant authorization or clearance for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They commission him to write the letter


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