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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin commissio, from commissus, past participle of committere; COMMIT

commission

1 noun
     
com‧mis‧sion1 S1 W1
1 [countable] 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 Pollution
2 [uncountable and countable] 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 sculpture
4 [countable]PM the position of an officer in the army, navy etc
5 [uncountable] formal the commission of a crime is the act of doing it
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out of commission

a) not working or not available for use:
One of the ship's anchors was out of commission.
b) informal ill or injured, and unable to work
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in commission

PMN available to be used:
The operating theatres will be back in commission next week.
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