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Definition of commission noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    official group
  1. 1Commission [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 Public Service Commission a commission on human rights
  2. money
  3. 2[uncountable, countable] an amount of money that is paid to someone 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).
  4. 3[uncountable] an amount of money that is charged by a bank, etc. for providing a particular service A 1% commission is charged for exchanging money.
  5. for art/music, etc.
  6. 4[countable] a formal request to someone to design or make a piece of work such as a building or a painting a commission to design the new parliament building
  7. in armed forces
  8. 5[countable] an officer's position in the armed forces He resigned his commission when he got married.
  9. of crime
  10. 6[uncountable] (formal) the act of doing something wrong or illegal the commission of a crime
  11. Idioms
    in/out of commission
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    available/not available to be used Several of the airline's planes are temporarily out of commission and undergoing safety checks.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: commission