verb (used with object)
- commission for racial equality,
- commission house,
- commission merchant,
- commission plan,
- 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
Examples from the Web for commissioning
So seriously that it went to the trouble of commissioning a survey, described here in a post on the Financial Times website.Goldman Loves its Customers so Much it Won't Talk to Them|David Frum|March 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This need for an artistic response led to Kent's commissioning of 12 plays by established and up-and-coming writers.
The presbytery felt that they were commissioning a servant of God to do a work that would cost his life.Sketches of the Covenanters|J. C. McFeeters
In speaking of the Executive attribute, to wit, the appointing and commissioning officers, the term good behavior is used.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
It is difficult to say when the custom of hoisting a pendant on commissioning the ship became established.British Flags|W. G. Perrin
So it seems that the plan of commissioning Gloucester to undertake the French war had gone some way.Humphrey Duke of Gloucester|K.H. Vickers
The best that government has done for art in France is the commissioning of the great decorative paintings of Baudry and Puvis.Artist and Public|Kenyon Cox
- 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.