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noun mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Simple Definition of mission

  • : a task or job that someone is given to do

  • : a specific military or naval task

  • : a flight by an aircraft or spacecraft to perform a specific task

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mission

  1. 1 obsolete :  the act or an instance of sending

  2. 2 a :  a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work b :  assignment to or work in a field of missionary enterprise c (1) :  a mission establishment (2) :  a local church or parish dependent on a larger religious organization for direction or financial support d plural :  organized missionary work e :  a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith

  3. 3 :  a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity: as a :  a group sent to a foreign country to conduct diplomatic or political negotiations b :  a permanent embassy or legation c :  a team of specialists or cultural leaders sent to a foreign country

  4. 4 a :  a specific task with which a person or a group is charged b (1) :  a definite military, naval, or aerospace task <a bombing mission> <a space mission> (2) :  a flight operation of an aircraft or spacecraft in the performance of a mission <a mission to Mars> c :  a preestablished and often self-imposed objective or purpose <statement of the company's mission>

  5. 5 :  calling, vocation

Examples of mission in a sentence

  1. Our mission was to recover the stolen plans.

  2. By patient negotiation she succeeded in her mission of averting a strike.

  3. a mission to the moon

  4. a member of a trade mission

Origin of mission

New Latin, Medieval Latin, & Latin; New Latin mission-, missio religious mission, from Medieval Latin, task assigned, from Latin, act of sending, from mittere to send

First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with mission



verb, mis·sion

Definition of mission

missionedmissioning play \ˈmi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to send on or entrust with a mission

  3. 2 :  to carry on a religious mission among or in


First Known Use of mission




adjective mis·sion

Definition of mission

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a style used in the early Spanish missions of the southwestern United States <mission architecture>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristic of a style of plain heavy usually oak furniture originating in the United States in the early part of the 20th century


First Known Use of mission


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geographical name Mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of Mission

  1. 1 city S Texas near the Rio Grande pop 77,058

  2. 2 municipality Canada in SW British Columbia pop 36,426

MISSION Defined for Kids


noun mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of mission for Students

  1. 1 :  a task that is assigned or begun

  2. 2 :  a task that is regarded as a very important duty <She thinks of teaching as her mission.>

  3. 3 :  a group of missionaries

  4. 4 :  a group of people sent by a government to represent it in a foreign country

  5. 5 :  a place where the work of missionaries is carried on

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