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English noun: commission

1. commission (group) a special group delegated to consider some matter

SamplesA committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.


Broader (hypernym)administrative body, administrative unit

Narrower (hyponym)blue ribbon commission, blue ribbon committee, board, conservancy, Economic and Social Council commission, ECOSOC commission, election commission, ethics committee, ethics panel, fairness commission, finance committee, jury, PAC, panel, planning commission, politburo, political action committee, praesidium, presidium, select committee, standing committee, steering committee, subcommittee, vestry, zoning commission

Member holonymcommissioner, committee member

2. commission (possession) 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)

SamplesHe works on commission.

Broader (hypernym)fee

3. commission (act) the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions


Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authorization, empowerment

Narrower (hyponym)mandate

4. commission (state) the state of being in good working order and ready for operation

SamplesPut the ships into commission.
The motor was out of commission.

Broader (hypernym)operation

5. commission (group) a group of representatives or delegates

Synonymsdelegacy, delegation, deputation, mission

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)diplomatic mission, embassy

6. commission (communication) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

SamplesThe judge's charge to the jury.

Synonymscharge, direction

Broader (hypernym)bid, bidding, command, dictation

Narrower (hyponym)misdirection

7. commission (communication) an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces

Synonymsmilitary commission

Broader (hypernym)certificate, certification, credential, credentials

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

8. commission (act) the act of committing a crime

Synonymscommittal, perpetration

Broader (hypernym)crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

9. commission (act) a special assignment that is given to a person or group

SamplesA confidential mission to London.
His charge was deliver a message.

Synonymscharge, mission

Broader (hypernym)assignment, duty assignment

Narrower (hyponym)fool's errand, martyr operation, mission impossible, sacrifice operation, suicide mission

English verb: commission

1. commission (social) put into commission; equip for service; of ships

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)equip, fit, fit out, outfit

2. commission (social) place an order for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)order

3. commission (social) charge with a task

ExamplesThey commission him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, clear, pass

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