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 for commission
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commission \Com*mis"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See
     1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of
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              Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a
              certain degree of hardness.           --South.
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     2. The act of intrusting; a charge; instructions as to how a
        trust shall be executed.
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     3. The duty or employment intrusted to any person or persons;
        a trust; a charge.
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     4. A formal written warrant or authority, granting certain
        powers or privileges and authorizing or commanding the
        performance of certain duties.
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              Let him see our commission.           --Shak.
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     5. A certificate conferring military or naval rank and
        authority; as, a colonel's commission.
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     6. A company of persons joined in the performance of some
        duty or the execution of some trust; as, the interstate
        commerce commission.
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              A commission was at once appointed to examine into
              the matter.                           --Prescott.
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     7. (Com.)
        (a) The acting under authority of, or on account of,
        (b) The thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have
            three commissions for the city.
        (c) The brokerage or allowance made to a factor or agent
            for transacting business for another; as, a commission
            of ten per cent on sales. See Del credere.
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     Commission of array. (Eng. Hist.) See under Array.
     Commission of bankruptcy, a commission appointing and
        empowering certain persons to examine into the facts
        relative to an alleged bankruptcy, and to secure the
        bankrupt's lands and effects for the creditors.
     Commission of lunacy, a commission authorizing an inquiry
        whether a person is a lunatic or not.
     Commission merchant, one who buys or sells goods on
        commission, as the agent of others, receiving a rate per
        cent as his compensation.
     Commission officer or Commissioned officer, (Mil.), one
        who has a commission, in distinction from a
        noncommissioned or warrant officer.
     Commission of the peace, a commission under the great seal,
        constituting one or more persons justices of the peace.
     on commission, paid partly or completely by collecting as a
        commision a portion of the sales that one makes.
     out of commission, not operating properly; out of order.
     To put a vessel into commission (Naut.), to equip and man a
        government vessel, and send it out on service after it has
        been laid up; esp., the formal act of taking command of a
        vessel for service, hoisting the flag, reading the orders,
     To put a vessel out of commission (Naut.), to detach the
        officers and crew and retire it from active service,
        temporarily or permanently.
     To put the great seal into commission or To put the
     Treasury into commission, to place it in the hands of a
        commissioner or commissioners during the abeyance of the
        ordinary administration, as between the going out of one
        lord keeper and the accession of another. [Eng.]
     The United States Christian Commission, an organization
        among the people of the North, during the Civil War, which
        afforded material comforts to the Union soldiers, and
        performed services of a religious character in the field
        and in hospitals.
     The United States Sanitary Commission, an organization
        formed by the people of the North to cooperate with and
        supplement the medical department of the Union armies
        during the Civil War.
     Syn: Charge; warrant; authority; mandate; office; trust;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commission \Com*mis"sion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commissioned;
     p. pr & vb. n. Commissioning.]
     1. To give a commission to; to furnish with a commission; to
        empower or authorize; as, to commission persons to perform
        certain acts; to commission an officer.
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     2. To send out with a charge or commission.
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              A chosen band
              He first commissions to the Latian land. --Dryden.
     Syn: To appoint; depute; authorize; empower; delegate;
          constitute; ordain.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Factorage \Fac"tor*age\, n. [Cf. F. factorage.]
     The allowance given to a factor, as a compensation for his
     services; -- called also a commission.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a
           committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" -
           Milton Berle [syn: committee, commission]
      2: a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an
         amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as
         distinguished from a salary); "he works on commission"
      3: the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
         [syn: commission, commissioning]
      4: the state of being in good working order and ready for
         operation; "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was
         out of commission"
      5: a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation,
         commission, delegation, delegacy, mission]
      6: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do
         something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn:
         commission, charge, direction]
      7: an official document issued by a government and conferring on
         the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
         [syn: commission, military commission]
      8: the act of committing a crime [syn: perpetration,
         commission, committal]
      9: a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a
         confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a
         message" [syn: mission, charge, commission]
      v 1: put into commission; equip for service; of ships
      2: place an order for
      3: charge with a task

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  283 Moby Thesaurus words for "commission":
     accomplishment, accredit, achievement, administration, allotment,
     allowance, appoint, assemblee, assembly, assign, assignation,
     assignment, at home, authorize, avails, ball,
     bicameral legislature, bid, big end, bigger half, bit, bite,
     board of aldermen, box office, brawl, budget, busywork, call on,
     call the signals, call upon, caucus, chamber of deputies, chare,
     charge, charter, chore, chunk, city board, city council, cobble,
     colloquium, command, commission, commissions, commit, committee,
     common council, completion, conclave, concourse, condition,
     conduct, congregation, congress, consign, contingent, conventicle,
     convention, convocation, council, court, credit, credits, cut,
     dance, darn, date, deal, declare, decree, delegate, delegation,
     deputation, depute, deputize, designate, designate an agent,
     destiny, detach, detail, devolute, devolve, devolve upon, dictate,
     diet, direct, direction, discharge, dispatch, disposable income,
     dividend, dividends, do up, doctor, dole, duty, earned income,
     earnings, effectuation, eisteddfod, empower, enable, enactment,
     end, enjoin, entrust, equal share, errand, execution, exercise,
     fate, federal assembly, festivity, fete, fish to fry, fix, fix up,
     forgathering, forum, gains, gate, gate receipts, gathering,
     general assembly, get, get-together, give an order, give in charge,
     give the word, gross, gross income, gross receipts, half, halver,
     handling, helping, homework, house of assembly, housewarming,
     implementation, income, injunction, instruct, instruction, intake,
     interest, issue a command, issue a writ, job, job of work, labor,
     legislative assembly, legislative body, legislative chamber,
     legislature, levee, license, lot, lower chamber, lower house, make,
     make-work, management, mandate, matters in hand, measure, meed,
     meet, meeting, mend, mess, mission, modicum, moiety, name,
     national assembly, net, net income, net receipts, nominate,
     odd job, ordain, order, order about, output, overhaul, panel,
     parliament, part, party, patch, patch up, percentage, performance,
     perpetration, piece, piece of work, plenum, portion, post, precept,
     prescript, prescription, proceeds, proclaim, produce, profits,
     project, prom, promulgate, pronounce, proportion,
     provincial legislature, provincial parliament, put in commission,
     put in order, put in repair, put in shape, quantum, quorum, quota,
     rake-off, rally, ration, ready, recap, receipt, receipts,
     receivables, reception, recondition, rendezvous, repair,
     representative town meeting, retread, returns, revenue, royalties,
     royalty, rule, say the word, seance, segment, send out, service,
     session, set to rights, sew up, share, shindig, sit-in, sitting,
     slice, small share, soiree, soviet, stake, state assembly,
     state legislature, stint, stock, subcommittee, symposium, synod,
     take, take-in, takings, task, teaching, things to do, tinker,
     tinker up, town meeting, transaction, transfer, turnout,
     unearned income, unicameral legislature, upper chamber,
     upper house, warrant, work, yield

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSION, practice. An instrument issued by a court of, justice, or other 
  competent tribunal, to authorize a person to take depositions, or do any 
  other act by authority of such court, or tribunal, is called a commission. 
  For a form of a commission to take. depositions, see Gresley, Eq. Ev. 72. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSION, contracts, civ. law. When one undertakes, without reward, to do 
  something for another in respect to a thing bailed. This term is frequently 
  used synonymously with mandate. (q.v.) Ruth. Inst. 105; Halifax, Analysis 
  of the Civil Law, 70. If the service the party undertakes to perform for 
  another is the custody of his goods, this particular sort of, commission is 
  called a charge. 
       2. In a commission, the obligation on his part who undertakes it, is to 
  transact the business without wages, or any other reward, and to use the 
  same care and diligence in it, as if it were his own. 
       3. By commission is also understood an act performed, opposed to 
  omission, which is the want of performance of such an act; is, when a 
  nuisance is created by an act of commission, it may be abated without 
  notice; but when it arises from omission, notice to remove it must be given 
  before it is abated. 1 Chit. Pr. 711. Vide Abatement of Nuisances; Branches; 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSION, office. Persons authorized to act in a certain matter; as, such 
  a matter was submitted, to the commission; there were several meetings 
  before the commission. 4 B. & Cr. 850; 10 E. C. L. R. 459. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSION, crim. law. The act of perpetrating an offence. There are crimes 
  of commission and crimes of omission. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSION, government. Letters-patent granted by the government, under the 
  public seal, to a person appointed to an office, giving him authority to 
  perform the duties of his office. The commission is not the appointment, but 
  only evidence of it; and as soon as it is signed and sealed, vests the 
  office in the appointee. 1 Cranch, 137; 2 N. & M. 357; 1 M'Cord, 233, 238. 
  See Pet. C. C. R. 194; 2 Summ. 299; 8 Conn. 109; 1 Penn. 297; 2 Const. Rep. 
  696; 2 Tyler, 235. 

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