Mission definition

mĭshən
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A sending out or being sent out with authority to perform a special service.
  • 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.
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An ambition or purpose that is assumed by a person or group.

Felt it was his mission in life to help the poor.

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Any charitable, educational, or religious organization for helping persons in need.
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The definition of a mission is being sent to complete a specific task or is a group of people sent somewhere to promote the peoples' lives in some way.

An example of mission is a journey into outer space.

An example of mission is Christians bringing their religion to pagan lands.

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A group of persons sent to a foreign government to conduct negotiations; diplomatic delegation; embassy.
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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.
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A Christian church or congregation with no cleric of its own that depends for support on a larger religious organization.
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A welfare or educational organization established for the needy people of a district.
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A combat operation assigned to a person or military unit.
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An aerospace operation intended to carry out specific program objectives.

A mission to Mars.

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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.
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The special task or purpose for which a person is apparently destined; calling.

One's mission in life.

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A permanent diplomatic office abroad.
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The special duty or function for which someone is sent as a messenger or representative; errand.
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A special assignment given to a person or group.

An agent on a secret mission.

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A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country.
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The business with which such a body of persons is charged.
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A body of experts or dignitaries sent to a foreign country.
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A mission established abroad.
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The district assigned to a mission worker.
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A building or compound housing a mission.
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Missionary duty or work.
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A district without a church of its own, served by a nearby church.
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(mil.) A specific combat operation assigned to an individual or unit; esp., a single combat flight by an airplane or group of airplanes.
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A group of persons sent by a religious body to spread its religion, esp. in a foreign land.
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Its organization, headquarters, or place of residency.
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Organized missionary work.
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A goal or ambition to which a person or group is especially dedicated.
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An organization for carrying on missionary work in a territory.
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To organize or establish a religious mission among (a people) or in (an area).
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Of or relating to a mission.
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Of or relating to a furniture style originating during the Arts and Crafts Movement and characterized by sturdy, angular, solid wood construction.
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A group of technicians, specialists, etc. sent to a foreign country.
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A series of special religious services designed to increase faith or bring about conversion.
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Of a mission or missions.
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To send on a mission.
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To establish a religious mission in (district) or among (a people)
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(countable) A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer.
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(uncountable) Religious evangelism.
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(uncountable) (the missions) Collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
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(countable) (Catholic tradition) An infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.
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A number of people appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
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A settlement or building serving as a base for missionary work.

Many cities across the Americas grew from Spanish missions.

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To send to a mission.
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To send (someone) on a mission.
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Of or relating to a style of architecture or furniture used in the early Spanish missions of California.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mission
Plural:
missions

Origin of mission

  • French from Old French from Latin missiō missiōn- from missus past participle of mittere to send off

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary