from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A special assignment given to a person or group.
  • noun A combat operation assigned to a person or military unit.
  • noun An aerospace operation intended to carry out specific program objectives.
  • noun An ambition or purpose that is assumed by a person or group.
  • noun A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country.
  • noun The business with which such a body of persons is charged.
  • noun A permanent diplomatic office abroad.
  • noun A body of experts or dignitaries sent to a foreign country.
  • noun A body of persons sent to a foreign land by a religious organization, especially a Christian organization, to spread its faith or provide educational, medical, and other assistance.
  • noun A mission established abroad.
  • noun The district assigned to a mission worker.
  • noun A building or compound housing a mission.
  • noun An organization for carrying on missionary work in a territory.
  • noun Missionary duty or work.
  • noun A Christian church or congregation with no cleric of its own that depends for support on a larger religious organization.
  • noun A welfare or educational organization established for the needy people of a district.
  • transitive verb To send (someone) on a mission.
  • transitive verb To organize or establish a religious mission among (a people) or in (an area).
  • adjective Of or relating to a mission.
  • adjective Of or relating to a style of architecture or furniture used in the early Spanish missions of California.
  • adjective Of or relating to a furniture style originating during the Arts and Crafts Movement and characterized by sturdy, angular, solid wood construction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To send on a mission; commission.
  • noun A sending of an agent or a messenger; a charge given to go and perform some service; delegation for a specific duty or purpose: as, to be sent on a mission to a foreign government, or to the heathen.
  • noun That for which one is sent or commissioned; the power conferred or duty imposed on an envoy or messenger; a delegated business or function; an errand.
  • noun Hence That for which a person or thing is destined or designed; predestined function; determinate purpose or object.
  • noun An organized effort for the spread of religion, or for the enlightenment and elevation of some community or region; organized missionary effort; religious propagaudism: as, Christian missions; the home and foreign missions of the Presbyterian Church; domestic missions; the city mission.
  • noun In the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, a series of special religious services organized to quicken the piety of Christians and convert the impenitent. The person appointed to conduct such a mission is termed a missioner.
  • noun A particular field of missionary activity; a missionary post or station, or the body of missionaries established there; a center of organized missionary effort or of religious propagandism; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the district assigned to a missionary priest.
  • noun The office or establishment of a foreign envoy; the charge or post of an ambassador; a foreign legation: as, the mission to Persia; the members of the British mission at Washington.
  • noun Dismission; discharge from service.
  • noun Synonyms Office, duty, charge, embassy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Mostly used in the form of the past participle. To send on a mission.
  • noun The act of sending, or the state of being sent; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; comission.
  • noun That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission.
  • noun Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
  • noun An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries.
  • noun An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.
  • noun A course of extraordinary sermons and services at a particular place and time for the special purpose of quickening the faith and zeal participants, and of converting unbelievers.
  • noun obsolete Dismission; discharge from service.
  • noun A school for the religious instruction of children not having regular church privileges.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer.
  • noun uncountable Religious evangelism.
  • noun uncountable (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
  • noun countable (Catholic tradition) an infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.
  • verb transitive To send to a mission.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work
  • noun a special assignment that is given to a person or group


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, from Latin missiō, missiōn-, from missus, past participle of mittere, to send off.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French mission ("a sending, a mission"), Old French mission ("expense"), from Latin missiō ("a sending, sending away, dispatching, discharging, release, remission, cessation"), from mittō ("to send").


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