noun \ˈmi-shən\

: 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

Full Definition of MISSION

obsolete :  the act or an instance of sending
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
:  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
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>

Examples of MISSION

  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


mis·sionedmis·sion·ing \ˈmi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Definition of MISSION

transitive verb
:  to send on or entrust with a mission
:  to carry on a religious mission among or in

First Known Use of MISSION


Rhymes with MISSION



Definition of MISSION

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


Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, settee


geographical name \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of MISSION

city S Texas near the Rio Grande pop 77,058
municipality Canada in SW British Columbia pop 36,426


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Organized effort to spread the Christian faith. St. Paul evangelized much of Asia Minor and Greece, and the new religion spread rapidly along the trade routes of the Roman Empire. The advance of Christianity slowed with the disintegration of the Roman Empire after AD 500 and the growth of Arab power in the 7th–8th century, but Irish and Anglo-Saxon missionaries continued to spread the faith in western and northern Europe, while missionaries of the Greek church in Constantinople worked in eastern Europe and Russia. Missions to Islamic areas and Asia began in the medieval period, and when Spain, Portugal, and France established overseas empires in the 16th century, the Roman Catholic church sent missionaries to the Americas and the Philippines. A renewed wave of Roman Catholic missionary work in the 19th century focused on Africa and Asia. Protestant churches were slower to undertake foreign missions, but in the 19th and early 20th century there was a great upsurge in Protestant missionary activity. Missionary work continues today, though it is often discouraged by the governments of former European colonies that have won independence.


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