- a sending or mission (to do or accomplish something)
- an official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers
David received his commission after graduating from West Point.
- a body or group of people officially tasked with carrying out a particular function. Eg: The European Commission, The Electoral Commission, The Federal Communications Commission.
- fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction
- committee, government body
- (transitive) to send or officially charge someone or some group to do something
- (transitive) to place an order for (often piece of art); as, commission a portrait
- (transitive) to put into active service; as, commission a ship
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
COMMISSION. A shirt. CANT.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Com*mis"sion (?), n. [F., fr. L.
commissio. See Commit.] 1. The
act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of
Every commission of sin introduces into the
soul a certain degree of hardness.
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.
5. A certificate conferring military or
naval rank and authority; as, a colonel's
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.
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
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. [Eng.] -- 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, or 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 coöperate with and supplement the
medical department of the Union armies during the Civil
Syn. -- Charge; warrant; authority; mandate; office;
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
2. To send out with a charge or
A chosen band
He first commissions to the Latian land.
Syn. -- To appoint; depute; authorize; empower;
delegate; constitute; ordain.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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