Definition of in commission in English:

in commission


  • In use or in service.

    ‘a reduced number of ships were retained in commission’
    • ‘Well, we know which one that is, since the Republic has only one of those experimental ships in commission right now.’
    • ‘He could opt to keep the submarines in commission beyond 2025.’
    • ‘During almost ten years in commission, the ship has steamed nearly 110,000 miles and visited 81 ports in 14 countries.’
    • ‘While the Royal Yacht Britannia was in commission, Patricia was the only ship allowed to sail ahead of her when the Queen was on board, a right which would be exercised annually by escorting the Royal Yacht out of Portsmouth.’
    • ‘Less than a year in commission and we're already breaking in a new one.’
    • ‘During those decades, the reserve provided core crews for ships not in commission and personnel to augment crews of both active U.S. Navy ships and the navy shore establishment upon mobilization for war.’
    • ‘Manned by a crew of eight including the Captain, the vessel is one of the largest of its kind in commission at the present time.’
    • ‘My computer is now back in commission, and that makes me happy.’
    • ‘Out of the total of 451 surface warships and submarines in commission during the war, 332 had been sunk by the time Japan surrendered and only 37, or 8.2%, remained operational.’
    • ‘The squadron disbanded on October 10, 1945-but reformed on April 17, 1952, and has been in commission ever since.’
    in service, in use, in employment, in action
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