From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcommissioncom‧mis‧sion1 /kəˈmɪʃən/ ●●○ S3 W3 noun 1 [countable]FIND OUT a group of people who have been given the official job of finding out about something or controlling something The Government set up a commission to investigate allegations of police violence.commission on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution2 MONEY[countable, uncountable]MONEY an extra amount of money that is paid to a person or organization according to the value of the goods they have sold or the services they have provided The dealer takes a 20% commission on the sales he makes.on commission He sold cosmetics on commission.3 [countable] a request for an artist, designer, or musician to make a piece of art or music, for which they are paid a commission from the Academy for a new sculpture4 ARMY/NAVY ETC[countable]PM the position of an officer in the army, navy etc5 CRIME[uncountable] formalDO the commission of a crime is the act of doing it → commit 6 → out of commission7 → in commissionCOLLOCATIONSverbsset up/establish/create a commissionThey set up a commission to investigate the problem of youth crime. appoint a commission (=choose the members of a commission)The president appointed a commission to develop standards in schools.head a commission (=be in charge of one)He was elected to head a commission on tax reform.a commission recommends somethingThe commission recommended that the federal government change the way it measures inflation.a commission approves somethingThe commission approved the plan.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + commission a special commissionA special commission was set up to investigate the killings.an independent commissionThe plan requires approval by an independent commission.an international commissionan international commission on climate changea parliamentary commissionA report was made by a special parliamentary commission.a government commissionA government commission regulates the process.a national/federal commissionthe National Commission on Terrorisma presidential commissionthe Presidential Commission on Health Carea joint commission (=involving two or more countries or groups)a new India-Sri Lanka joint commissionan investigative/investigating commissionAn investigative commission was set up immediately after the incident.
Examples from the Corpuscommission• Each dealer makes a 20% commission on his sales.• His basic salary is low, but he gets 20% commission on everything he sells.• Ivanova has received a commission from the bank for a sculpture.• Permission to sell a commission or permission to purchase one was again something which might involve the intervention of a politician.• Brokerages charge commissions from $ 25 to hundreds of dollars, depending on the size of the transaction.• The remainder of the votes were declared invalid, the election commission said.• The election commission might postpone the election until these questions are clarified.• Haley was asked to resign his commission.• So why pay extra money in commissions for financial advice to get only an average return?• Most insurance agents are on commission, and some earn a lot of money.• The planning commission will allow 200 extra homes to be built on the site.• Ukiyo-e artists such as Hokusai, Utamaro and Sharaku produced these works in small numbers and largely to special commission.• The commission is expected to decide this month whether to open an investigation.• The commission will seek to arbitrate a resolution before handing down a decision in late summer.set up ... commission• The United Nations security council has set up a commission of inquiry.• They could have published a White Paper or set up a commission of inquiry.• The government met in emergency session on May 22 and agreed to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the assassination.• Fokin agreed to set up a commission to look into union grievances.on commission• Jamil sells cars on commission. commissioncommission2 ●○○ AWL verb 1 PAY somebody FOR WORK[transitive] to formally ask someone to write an official report, produce a work of art for you etc The report was commissioned by the Welsh Office.commission somebody to do something Macmillan commissioned her to illustrate a book by Spike Milligan.2 → be commissioned (into something)→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuscommission• Whatever money the artist leaves the venue with is the amount which the agent can commission.• Usually it makes sense to commission a business which is able to undertake both design and print.• The Philadelphia Medical Society commissioned a report on alcoholism.• The gallery is housed in the new wing, which he commissioned Adams to build 18 years ago.• In 1506, Bramante was commissioned by Pope Julius II to rebuild St Peter's church.• He was called to Washington and commissioned by President Lincoln.• Seventy-five percent of Americans think that women are more sensual than men, according to a survey commissioned by Revlon.• Flohic have paired up writers and artists, commissioning essays dedicated to particular works which are illustrated alongside.• His 'Landscapes' Symphony was commissioned for the inaugural concert of the Shepherd School.• The Left-Hand Piano Concerto was the first of several works commissioned from distinguished composers.• Regardless of technical hitches Pathfinders in Space was judged a great success, leading to a second series being commissioned in 1960.• In recent years, the outage has been used to construct or commission major capital projects to extend the plants' capability.• The orchestra is commissioning new works from 14 composers.• The container was commissioned on a contract hire agreement with David Robertson Haulage.Commission, thethe CommissionCommission, the an informal name for the European CommissionFrom Longman Business Dictionarycommissioncom‧mis‧sion1 /kəˈmɪʃən/ noun1[countable, uncountable]FINANCECOMMERCE an amount of money paid to someone according to the value of goods, shares, bonds etc they have soldHe didn’t charge a commission on trades, as other brokers do.All of the sales staff are on commission. → see also error of commission2[countable] a request for a writer, musician, or artist to produce a piece of work for which they are paida commission from the company for a new sculpture3[countable]LAWORGANIZATIONS an official organization that ensures that the law is obeyed in a particular activitythe New Jersey Casino Control Commissionthe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission4[countable]ORGANIZATIONS a temporary official organization looking at problems in a particular area and suggesting changesA state senate commission was created last year to study tax reform. → see also Federal Communications Commissioncommissioncommission2 verb [transitive] to formally ask someone to produce a report, work of art etcOne of the new team’s first acts was to commission a report on Fox’s operations.→ See Verb tableOrigin commission1 (1300-1400) Old French Latin commissio, from commissus, past participle of committere; → COMMIT