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Definition of commission verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they commission
    he / she / it commissions
    past simple commissioned
    -ing form commissioning
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    piece of art/music, etc.
  1. 1to officially ask someone to write, make, or create something or to do a task for you commission somebody to do something She has been commissioned to write a new state song. commission something Publishers have commissioned a French translation of the book. The survey on consumer taste was commissioned by local stores.
  2. in armed forces
  3. 2[usually passive] to choose someone as an officer in one of the armed forces commission somebody She was commissioned in 2007. commission somebody (as something) He has just been commissioned (as a naval officer).
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