commission

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Commission is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
commission

Plural
commissions

  1. (countable) A commission is a group of people who work together to research or manage something for a government.
    She was recently appointed to head the European commission on climate change.
  2. (countable & uncountable) A commission is money that a salesperson receives for each sale.
    You may have to pay commission to convert the dollars into local currency on your travels.
  3. (uncountable) The official appointment of an officer in a nation's armed forces.
    Brummell resigned his commission when his regiment was posted to Manchester.
  4. (uncountable) A commission is a task to be undertaken.
    My commission was only to deliver this message.

Verb[change]

Plain form
commission

Third-person singular
commissions

Past tense
commissioned

Past participle
commissioned

Present participle
commissioning

  1. (transitive) If you commission someone to do or create something, you formally ask them to do it.
    The report commissioned by the Department of Health in 1989, contains guidelines on how best to manage and organise waiting lists.

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