Definition of Commission

n.1.The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating.
Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness.
- South.
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.
Let him see our commission.
- Shak.
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.
A commission was at once appointed to examine into the matter.
- Prescott.
7.(Com.) The acting under authority of, or on account of, another.
Commission of array
(Eng. Hist.) See under Array.
Commission of bankruptcy
a commission appointing and empowering certain persons to examine into the facts relative to an alleged bankruptcy, and to secure the bankrupt's lands and effects for the creditors.
Commission of lunacy
a commission authorizing an inquiry whether a person is a lunatic or not.
Commission merchant
one who buys or sells goods on commission, as the agent of others, receiving a rate per cent as his compensation.
Commission officer
(Mil.) one who has a commission, in distinction from a noncommissioned or warrant officer.
Commission of the peace
a commission under the great seal, constituting one or more persons justices of the peace.
on commission
paid partly or completely by collecting as a commision a portion of the sales that one makes.
out of commission
not operating properly; out of order.
To put a vessel into commission
(Naut.) to equip and man a government vessel, and send it out on service after it has been laid up; esp., <- to perform ? PCP -> the formal act of taking command of a vessel for service, hoisting the flag, reading the orders, etc.
To put a vessel out of commission
(Naut.) to detach the officers and crew and retire it from active service, temporarily or permanently.
To put the great seal into commission
to place it in the hands of a commissioner or commissioners during the abeyance of the ordinary administration, as between the going out of one lord keeper and the accession of another.
The United States Christian Commission
an organization among the people of the North, during the Civil War, which afforded material comforts to the Union soldiers, and performed services of a religious character in the field and in hospitals.
The United States Sanitary Commission
an organization formed by the people of the North to coöperate with and supplement the medical department of the Union armies during the Civil War.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Commissioned ; p. pr & vb. n. Commissioning.]
2.To send out with a charge or commission.
A chosen band
He first commissions to the Latian land.
- Dryden.

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Commission merchant
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Commission of lunacy
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