The Navy commissioned the USS Alabama.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 COMMISSION NP2
NOTE: the person making the object ordered is not mentioned.
I commissioned the poem for our anniversary.
The government commissioned thirty unflown flags for the soldiers.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: Verb has 3 arguments: the person commissioning an action, the action, and the person commissioned. Compare to Sense 2, with only 2 arguments.
He commissioned Velasquez to paint his portrait.
I've commissioned Frederick to oversee the funeral arrangements.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3