- commission [kə mish′ən]n.[ME & OFr < ML commissio, delegation of business (in L, a bringing together in a contest) < L commissus, pp. of committere: see COMMIT]1.a) an authorization to perform certain duties or tasks, or to take on certain powersb) a document giving such authorization2. authority to act in behalf of another3. that which a person is authorized to do for another4. the state of being authorized to perform certain duties or tasks5. an entrusting, as of power and authority, to a person or body6. the act of committing or doing; perpetration, as of a crime7.a) a group of people officially appointed to perform specified dutiesb) an administrative agency of the government with quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powersc) a type of municipal governing body: see COMMISSION PLAN8. a fee or a percentage of the proceeds paid to a salesperson, broker, etc., either in addition to, or in lieu of, wages or salary9. Mil.a) an official certificate conferring rank; specif., a document issued by the government, making one a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forcesb) the rank or authority conferredvt.1. to give a commission to2. to give power or authority to; authorize3. to give an order for (a thing to be made or done)4. to put (a vessel) into serviceSYN.- AUTHORIZE——————in commission1. entrusted to commissioners2. in use3. in fit condition for use——————out of commission1. not in use2. not in fit condition for use
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.