verb (used with object)
- in service.
- in operating order: A great deal of work will be necessary to put this car in commission again.
- Also into commission.Navy.(of a ship) manned and in condition for or ordered to active service.
- not in service: Telephone lines were out of commission for several days after the storm.
- not in operating order: Sorry, but I can't bake cupcakes for you while the stove is out of commission.
Origin of commission
Related Words for commissiondelegation, agency, office, authority, fee, board, committee, representative, instruct, function, work, certificate, consignment, employment, permit, mission, errand, diploma, charge, embassy
Examples from the Web for commission
Contemporary Examples of commission
“The Commission did not instruct Mr. Wright to approve inaccurate wellbore completion reports,” according to the letter.
Teague and two other commission inspectors would now handle the job, Wright was told.
He worked in the industry for a while, then took a job as a prison guard before being hired by the commission in January 2012.
Our lawyer, Kia Kamran, declined his commission because he knew how much the tour was costing us.
Our awesome booking agency, High Road Touring, takes a commission for booking the tour.
Historical Examples of commission
Then she arranged with a New York house to sell her models on commission.
Wilson would be out of commission for several months, probably.
An' you don't want me to work a commission for you on Diablo?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It would cost me my commission if I should try to do what you have done.'The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Lady Sarah gave her maid some commission, which took her out of the room.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- a document conferring a rank on an officer
- the rank or authority thereby granted
- the authority given to a person or organization to act as an agent to a principal in commercial transactions
- the fee allotted to an agent for services rendered
Word Origin for commission
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.
see in commission; on commission; out of commission.