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I'm looking for a word that is used when someone talks about ordering something custom-made. I've heard it mostly associated with buying art, like paintings only made for the buyer.

I've thought about order, procure, purchase, but they're not quite it.

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    Probably commission? My worry is “custom-made” covers a lot of territory, and for example one does not commission a bespoke business suit. But one does commission artwork.
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 9, 2018 at 21:33
  • @DanBron That's exactly it! I can never remember it. Put it as an answer so I can accept it.
    – Valrog
    Nov 9, 2018 at 21:48
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    I’m too lazy for that ;) But SE allows you to self-answer to to accept that answer. I’ll upvote you.
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 9, 2018 at 21:48
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    @DanBron Alright, thanks. You saved my tonight's sleep.
    – Valrog
    Nov 9, 2018 at 21:50

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As Dan Bron pointed out, the word is commission.

Commission: An order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced specially.

Wikipedia has a page for it.

Commission (art): In art, a commission is the act of requesting the creation of a piece, often on behalf of another.

Example: In ancient Rome, large architectural projects were commissioned as symbols of imperial glory.

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