commission-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: a committee or delegation of people

Commentary: COMMISSION[+group][+social][+delegation]

They'll have to bring up this issue before the zoning commission.
The president has appointed a blue ribbon commission to look into this matter.
The city may form a commission to explore ways to reduce traffic congestion in the downtown district.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5

Sense Number 2: a service fee

Commentary: COMMISSION[+quantity][+fee][+service]

The brokers make a 2 percent commission on each trade.
These salesmen earn have their annual income in commissions.
John is selling the house himself to avoid paying commissions to real estate agents.
She is working on commission at the shoe store.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: the act of authorization

Commentary: COMMISSION[+action][+authorization][+instruction/+assignment]

The new aircraft carrier is now in commission. (authorized to be an operational ship)
The jurors have received a commission from the judge to disregard the witness's testimony.
Our architectural firm has received the commission to build the new bridge.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6, 9

Sense Number 4: the state of being in working order

Commentary: COMMISSION[+state][+functioning]

The air conditioner is out of commission again!
John's mechanic got his car back into commission.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: an official document conferring rank to someone

Commentary: COMMISSION[+document][+official][+conferment] [+state][+status][+rank][+military]

Bob received his commission upon graduating from the military academy.
His naval commission was signed by the admiral of the U.S. Navy.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: the act of perpetrating a crime

Commentary: COMMISSION[+action][+perpetration][+crime]
NOTE: this is a true nominalization of the verb form 'commit'

The commission of treason in a time of war is punishable by execution.
His commission of multiple counts of insider trading got him five years in prison.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 7: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)