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com·mis·sion

commission

 
 
pronunciation:
k mI shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
out of commission
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of doing, performing, or committing.
There were fewer commissions of theft in the city last year.
synonyms:
deed, entrustment, memorization, performance, pledge
similar words:
assignment, engagement, execution, promise, transfer
definition 2: an order giving permission to perform a certain task.
The author received a commission to write a biography of the film star.
similar words:
charge, command, contract, direction, license, mandate, order
definition 3: a group of people chosen to perform a certain task.
A commission was formed to study the need for a new school.
similar words:
agency, board, cabinet, committee, council, delegation
definition 4: money given to a salesperson as a payment or reward for selling something.
She gets a commission for every car she sells.
similar words:
compensation, dividend, fee, share, take
definition 5: the order that gives a rank to an officer in the military.
He received a commission as a captain during the war.
similar words:
appointment, assignment
phrase: out of commission
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: commissions, commissioning, commissioned
definition 1: to give the power to perform a certain task.
The queen commissioned a young artist to paint her portrait.
synonyms:
authorize
similar words:
charge, command, contract, direct, license, mandate, order
definition 2: to put into active service.
The admiral commissioned the ship.
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The word commission contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-
 
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.