- An example of mission is a journey into outer space.
- An example of mission is Christians bringing their religion to pagan lands.
- a sending out or being sent out with authority to perform a special service; specif.,
- the sending out of persons by a religious organization to preach, teach, and convert
- the sending out of persons to a foreign government to conduct negotiations
- the work done by such persons
- a group of persons sent by a religious body to spread its religion, esp. in a foreign land
- its organization, headquarters, or place of residency
- [pl.] organized missionary work
- a group of persons sent to a foreign government to conduct negotiations; diplomatic delegation; embassy
- a group of technicians, specialists, etc. sent to a foreign country
- the special duty or function for which someone is sent as a messenger or representative; errand
- the special task or purpose for which a person is apparently destined; calling: one's mission in life
- a goal or ambition to which a person or group is especially dedicated
- any charitable, educational, or religious organization for helping persons in need
- a series of special religious services designed to increase faith or bring about conversion
- a district without a church of its own, served by a nearby church
- Mil. a specific combat operation assigned to an individual or unit; esp., a single combat flight by an airplane or group of airplanes
Origin of missionClassical Latin missio, a sending, sending away from missus, past participle of mittere, to send from Indo-European base an unverified form smeit-, to throw from source Avestan hamista-, cast down
- of a mission or missions
- [oftenM-] of or in the style of the early Spanish missions in the SW U.S.; specif., designating a type of heavy, dark furniture with simple, square lines
- to send on a mission
- to establish a religious mission in (district) or among (a people)
- a. A special assignment given to a person or group: an agent on a secret mission.b. A combat operation assigned to a person or military unit.c. An aerospace operation intended to carry out specific program objectives: a mission to Mars.
- An ambition or purpose that is assumed by a person or group: felt it was his mission in life to help the poor.
- a. A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country.b. The business with which such a body of persons is charged.c. A permanent diplomatic office abroad.d. A body of experts or dignitaries sent to a foreign country.
- a. 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.b. A mission established abroad.c. The district assigned to a mission worker.d. A building or compound housing a mission.e. An organization for carrying on missionary work in a territory.f. missions Missionary duty or work.
- A Christian church or congregation with no cleric of its own that depends for support on a larger religious organization.
- A welfare or educational organization established for the needy people of a district.
transitive verbmis·sioned, mis·sion·ing, mis·sions
- To send (someone) on a mission.
- To organize or establish a religious mission among (a people) or in (an area).
- Of or relating to a mission.
- Of or relating to a style of architecture or furniture used in the early Spanish missions of California.
- often Mission Of or relating to a furniture style originating during the Arts and Crafts Movement and characterized by sturdy, angular, solid wood construction.
Origin of missionFrench from Old French from Latin missiō missiōn- from missus past participle of mittere to send off
Mission San Luis Rey
(countable and uncountable, plural missions)
- (countable) A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer.
- (uncountable) Religious evangelism.
- (uncountable) (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
- (countable) (Catholic tradition) an infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.
- A number of people appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
- A settlement or building serving as a base for missionary work.
- Many cities across the Americas grew from Spanish missions.
(third-person singular simple present missions, present participle missioning, simple past and past participle missioned)
- To send to a mission.