Definition of commission verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    commission

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they commission
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃn//
     
    he / she / it commissions
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃnz//
     
    past simple commissioned
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃnd//
     
    past participle commissioned
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃnd//
     
    -ing form commissioning
    BrE BrE//kəˈmɪʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmɪʃnɪŋ//
     
    The art world
     
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    piece of art/music, etc.
  1. 1  to officially ask somebody 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 national anthem. commission something Publishers have commissioned a French translation of the book. The survey on consumer taste was commissioned by local stores. See related entries: The art world
  2. in armed forces
  3. 2[usually passive] to choose somebody as an officer in one of the armed forces commission somebody She was commissioned in 2014. commission somebody (as) something He has just been commissioned (as a) pilot officer.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin commissio(n-), from committere ‘entrust’ (in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.
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