mission

noun
mis·​sion | \ ˈmi-shən How to pronounce mission (audio) \

Definition of mission

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a specific task with which a person or a group is charged Their mission was to help victims of the disaster.
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
2 : calling, vocation Her mission was to be a teacher.
3 : a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity: such as
a : a group sent to a foreign country to conduct diplomatic or political negotiations a member of a trade mission
b : a permanent embassy or legation
c : a team of specialists or cultural leaders sent to a foreign country served on a mission to improve agricultural methods
4a : a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate (see propagate sense 3b) its faith or carry on humanitarian work … there was a little port called Quinchang, where the fathers of the mission usually landed from Macao, on their progress to teach the Christian religion to the Chinese …— Daniel Defoe
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 Spanish missions in California
d missions plural : organized missionary work
e : a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith a preaching mission
5 obsolete : the act or an instance of sending

mission

verb
missioned; missioning\ ˈmi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce mission (audio) \

Definition of mission (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to send on or entrust with a mission
2 : to carry on a religious mission among or in

mission

adjective

Definition of mission (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of or relating to a style used in the early Spanish missions of the southwestern U.S. mission architecture
2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristic of a style of plain heavy usually oak furniture originating in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century

Examples of mission in a Sentence

Noun Our mission was to recover the stolen plans. By patient negotiation she succeeded in her mission of averting a strike. a mission to the moon a member of a trade mission
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Support for free markets has animated the conservative movement since at least 1955, when William F. Buckley Jr. wrote in NR’s mission statement ... Dominic Pino, National Review, 4 Aug. 2022 Everyone says it’s important to have a clear, concise mission statement. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 A decade ago, Pete Seeger gave the organizers of the Newport Folk Festival a mission statement. Kara Voght, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2022 Fast-forward 100 years and Dickies’ mission statement has remained true. Benedict Browne, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 Marshall said the moves by Facebook have been disheartening, concerning and fly in the face of the company's public mission statement. Eleanor Mccrary, The Courier-Journal, 26 July 2022 Zoom calls with students, buying race simulators, making personal appearances — all while mending fences with the Black community and spreading the word of UYRS’ mission statement. Dan Gelston, Orlando Sentinel, 24 July 2022 James emphasized that this development is just one of the many steps taken by the university to reflect its overall mission statement. Kalyn Dunkins | Kdunkins@al.com, al, 23 July 2022 Zoom calls with students, buying race simulators, making personal appearances -- all while mending fences with the Black community and spreading the word of UYRS' mission statement. Dan Gelston, ajc, 23 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the most powerful operational rocket active, although both the Artemis I mission using the Space Launch System and SpaceX’s in-the-works Starship with Super Heavy rockets will exceed that. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 19 July 2022 It’s the most powerful operational rocket active, although both the Artemis I mission using the Space Launch System and SpaceX’s in-the-works Starship with Super Heavy rockets will exceed that. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 19 July 2022 It’s the most powerful operational rocket active, although both the Artemis I mission using the Space Launch System and SpaceX’s in-the-works Starship with Super Heavy rockets will exceed that. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 2 May 2022 Promoted to mission commander of the shuttle Columbia in 1999, and the Discovery in 2005, Collins found the position involved less fun and more responsibility. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Oct. 2021 Next, the stage will be refurbished as needed and shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of the Artemis I mission. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 Mar. 2021 The extra precision of the Gaia system will help mission controllers home in precisely on their targets. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The frigates are based on the existing Franco-Italian FREMM multi-mission frigate design, but with American radar, sonar, and weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Jan. 2022 Two were suicides and two were non-mission, accidental firearm discharges. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 The scene now zooms down to the character to emphasize her mid-mission request. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2022 Future techniques might include using gravity to tug asteroids out of orbit, zapping them with lasers, or even moving them with tractor beams, said NASA planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson said in a pre-mission news conference. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 The Air Force once vaguely entertained the notion of replacing the RC-135s with a new 767-based multi-mission place called the E-10. David Axe, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Andrew Wood, a Marine Corps spokesperson, said the updates include additional inspections for watertight integrity and stricter requirements for what material discrepancies would render a vehicle non-mission capable. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 Their conclusions, published in Science magazine and presented at the 52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, were reached by using cross-mission data from the agency's Planetary Data System (PDS). Julia Musto, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2021 The Constellation ships are multi-mission ships that are capable of anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare (anti-ship and land attack), and anti-air warfare (anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and now anti-drone) missions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mission

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Verb

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mission

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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11 Aug 2022

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mission

noun
mis·​sion | \ ˈmi-shən How to pronounce mission (audio) \

Kids Definition of mission

1 : a task that is assigned or begun
2 : a task that is regarded as a very important duty She thinks of teaching as her mission.
3 : a group of missionaries
4 : a group of people sent by a government to represent it in a foreign country
5 : a place where the work of missionaries is carried on

Mission geographical name

Mis·​sion | \ ˈmi-shən How to pronounce Mission (audio) \

Definition of Mission

1 city near the Rio Grande in southern Texas population 77,058
2 municipality on the Fraser River in southwestern British Columbia, Canada population 36,426

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