- 1 (also Commission) [countable] an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government the European Commission (British English) The government has set up a commission of inquiry into the disturbances at the prison. a commission on human rights money
- 2 [uncountable, countable] an amount of money that is paid to somebody for selling goods and which increases with the amount of goods that are sold You get a 10% commission on everything you sell. He earned £2 000 in commission last month. In this job you work on commission (= are paid according to the amount you sell). Wordfinderbonus, commission, deduction, earn, overtime, pay, rise, salary, tax, wage See related entries: Pay and conditions at work
- 3 [uncountable] an amount of money that is charged by a bank, etc. for providing a particular service 1% commission is charged for cashing traveller’s cheques. for art/music, etc.
- 4 [countable] a formal request to somebody to design or make a piece of work such as a building or a painting a commission to design the new parliament building in armed forces
- 5[countable] an officer’s position in the armed forces He resigned his commission when he got married. of crime
- 6[uncountable] (formal) the act of doing something wrong or illegal the commission of a crime Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin commissio(n-), from committere