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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun commission:


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Definition of the noun commission

What does commission mean as a name of something?

Commission is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: commissions

  1. a special group delegated to consider some matter
  2. 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)
    • example: he works on commission
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: fee = a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
  3. the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of commission: commissioning
    • more generic words: authorisation / authorization / empowerment = the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
    • more specific word: mandate = the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
  4. the state of being in good working order and ready for operation
    • examples: put the ships into commission | the motor was out of commission
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: operation = the state of being in effect or being operative
  5. a group of representatives or delegates
  6. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  7. an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
  8. the act of committing a crime
  9. a special assignment that is given to a person or group

Alternative definition of the noun commission


  1. A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).
  2. An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.
    • A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function. Eg: The European Commission, The Electoral Commission, The Federal Communications Commission.
    • A fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction. Eg: Reseller commission, Finder's fee.
    • the act of committing (e.g. a crime)
    • The name of a service provided to validate the completeness and accuracy of a project or venture.

    Specialised definition of the noun commission

    Glossary of finance / investment

    money paid for financial or other services offered by brokers, financial advisors, and other professionals

    Definition of the verb commission

    What does commission mean as a doing word?

    Commission is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

    verb - inflections: commissioned | commissioning | commissions

    1. put into commission; equip for service; of ships
      • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
      • more generic terms: equip / fit / fit out / outfit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
    2. place an order for
      • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
      • more generic word: order = make a request for something
    3. charge with a task

    Alternative definition of the verb commission


    1. [transitive] To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.
    2. [transitive] To place an order for (often piece of art); as, commission a portrait.
    3. [transitive] To put into active service; as, commission a ship.


    "Commission" is a 2011 short film written and directed by Erik van Lieshout.


    1. Commission: In art, a commission is the hiring and payment for the creation of a piece, often on behalf of another. Artwork may be commissioned by private individuals, by the government or businesses.
    2. Commission: A commission is a formal document issued to appoint a named person to high office or as a commissioned officer in a territory's armed forces.
      • also known as Commissioning scroll

    Phrases with Commission

    Phrases starting with the word Commission:

    1. commission plan
    2. Commission De Bene Esse
    3. commission on human rights
    4. commission on narcotic drugs

    Phrases ending with the word Commission:

    1. high commission
    2. ecosoc commission
    3. Out of Commission
    4. zoning commission
    5. election commission
    6. European Commission
    7. fairness commission
    8. military commission
    9. planning commission
    10. population commission
    11. blue ribbon commission
    12. postal rate commission
    13. statistical commission
    14. atomic energy commission
    15. federal trade commission
    16. nestor paz zamora commission

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    Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Commission

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    Google previewThe European Commission 2004-09: A politically weakened institution? Views from the National Capitals (2009)

    Views from the National Capitals The European Commission is an institution that needs to continue to fight to...

    Google previewRobinson's New Higher Arithmetic (1895)

    For High Schools, Academies, and Mercantile Colleges by Horatio Nelson Robinson

    Commission is the percentage of fee or compensation paid an agent for services rendered. 531. Brokerage is the fee or allowance paid to a broker, or dealer in money, stocks, or bills of exchange, for making exchanges of money, buying and ...

    Google previewHorngrens Accounting (2016)

    Business, Finance by CTI Reviews

    The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission is the regulator of the capital market of Bangladesh, comprising Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE). The Commission is a statutory body and attached ...

    Google previewPolitics in the European Union (2014)

    by Ian Bache, Simon Bulmer, Stephen George, Owen Parker

    If the argument that the EU is an intergovernmental organization is to hold, then those who defend the position have to confront the assertion that the Commission is the prime mover of the process of European integration. This assertion ...

    Google previewUnderstanding European Union Institutions (2002)

    by Alex Warleigh

    Key facts The European Commission is the European Union's administration. However, to say this is to ignore the inherently political character of this hybrid institution. Indeed it is this political dimension that leads some commentators and ...

    Google previewKJV Study Bible, eBook (2013)

    Second Edition by Thomas Nelson

    The Great Commission is a simple command with three steps—evangelism, baptism, and education. Illustration: The Great Commission is the strategy by which the ...

    Google previewFast Facts About Nursing and the Law (2013)

    Law for Nurses in a Nutshell by Paula DiMeo Grant, RN, BSN, MA, JD, Diana Ballard, JD, MBA, RN

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the agency that enforces certain federal employment disagency that enforces certain federal employment discrimination laws in the ...

    Google previewInternational Business Law and Its Environment (2016)

    by CTI Reviews

    The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency of the United States government. It was created in 1972 through the Consumer Product Safety Act. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an agency ...

    Google previewThe Shepherd as Theologian (2017)

    Accurately Interpreting and Applying God's Word by John MacArthur

    The command to make disciples through teaching proves that the Great Commission is a theological and doctrinalendeavor. But if we look at the great majority of missionary work in the world today, we see that doctrine does not have a high ...

    Google previewMANAGING CRISES (2001)

    Threats, Dilemmas, Opportunities by Uriel Rosenthal, Arjen Boin, Louise K. Comfort

    The Commission is the executive body of the Union, responsible for implementing and managing policy in the European...

    EU decision making is that the Commission is a purposive, single-minded institution” (Peterson & Bomberg, 1999:39).

    Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Endurance in Sport (2008)

    by R. J. Shephard, P.-O. Astrand

    Nine years have passed since the publication of Volume H Endurance in Sport for the IOC Medical Commission Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine Series. Reflecting the tremendous research activity that has taken place relative to the topic of ...

    Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, The Endocrine System in Sports and Exercise (2008)

    by William J. Kraemer, A. D. Rogol

    We are particularly indebted to the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission and Sub-Commission on Publications in the Sport Sciences for providing us this opportunity to present to the world our field of study in its full array.

    Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine (2015)

    by Glenna R Schroeder-Lein

    The United States Christian Commission was a large Northern relief organization during the Civil War. It differed in a number of important ways from its competitor, the United States Sanitary Commission. The Christian Commission was ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

    by Ross M. Mullner

    The Joint Commission, formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), is the largest and oldest accrediting healthcare organization in the United States. It accredits and evaluates approximately ...

    Google previewThe New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature (2007)

    by Hugh Ruppersburg, John C. Inscoe

    eorgia launched its first major campaign against obscene literature in 1953, when the General Assembly unanimously voted to establish the Georgia Literature Commission. The onset of the paperback book revolution in the years after World ...

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    Quotes about Commission

    The Commission's findings underscore that the nation is still vulnerable to attack and that we must move more quickly to make us safer. We must take the Commission's work and use it to make certain that such horrific attacks never occur again. (Lane Evans)
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    Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3I1S1S1I1O1N1

    The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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