Definition - Noun
1  : a formal written authorization to perform various acts and duties <a notary's ~>
2 a  : authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another
b  : a task or matter entrusted to one as the agent for another
3 a  : a group of persons directed to perform a duty
b  usu cap : a government agency <Federal Trade Commission>
see also agency
c  : a city council having legislative and executive functions
4  : an act of committing something <~ of the crime>
5  : a fee paid to an agent or employee for transacting a piece of business or performing a service
: a percentage of the money received paid to the agent responsible for the business

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