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Definition of Commission


  1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating.
  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.
  5. A certificate conferring military or naval rank and authority; as, a colonel's commission.
  6. A company of persons joined in the performance of some duty or the execution of some trust; as, the interstate commerce commission.
  7. The acting under authority of, or on account of, another.
  8. The thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have three commissions for the city.
  9. 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 credere.
  10. 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 officer.
  11. To send out with a charge or commission.

Commission Quotations

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Hannah Arendt

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
Fred Allen

Already renewable energy advocates are noting that the 42 miles of above-ground right-of-way between Yosemite and the city could be fitted with enough solar panels to generate at least 40 megawatts per year - a proposal the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has never seriously considered because they currently aren't required to do so.
Matt Gonzalez

The 9/11 Commission recently released their report, citing important changes which need to be made to improve our nation's homeland security. I voiced my disappointment with the House leadership when this report was left until after the August recess for action.
Leonard Boswell

In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Commission Translations

commission in Afrikaans is opdrag, kommissie
commission in Dutch is commissie, opdracht, boodschap
commission in French is commissionnons, commissionnent, commissionnez
commission in German is Kommission {f}, Anzahlung {f}, Auftrag {m}
commission in Italian is commissione
commission in Latin is mandatum
commission in Norwegian is oppdrag
commission in Swedish is kommission, provision, fullmakt, uppdrag
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