So seriously that it went to the trouble of commissioning a survey, described here in a post on the Financial Times website.
This need for an artistic response led to Kent's commissioning of 12 plays by established and up-and-coming writers.
That card was the Secretarys authority for commissioning me Consul to Zurich.
To which did the answer refer, the commissioning, or the sailing?
Congress supplemented the foregoing measure by commissioning young Col. Laurens to carry forward the important work suggested.
It is difficult to say when the custom of hoisting a pendant on commissioning the ship became established.
He enclosed a draft for Major Ogilvy, commissioning him to use it in whatever way I should suggest.
Thus divided between fear and attraction, man has fallen upon the device of commissioning some one to represent him before God.
For commissioning Pompey with two lictors to restore Ptolemy.
He often talked of commissioning a poet to compose verses about that wonderful coming day at Dipwell.
mid-14c., "authority entrusted to someone," from Latin commissionem (nominative commissio) "delegation of business," noun of action from past participle stem of committere (see commit). Meaning "body of persons charged with authority" is from late 15c.
1660s, from commission (n.). Related: Commissioned; commissioning.
A fee paid to a broker or other financial agent for negotiating a sale. The fee is based on a percentage of the sale price.