mission creep


: the gradual broadening of the original objectives of a mission or organization

Examples of mission creep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid disparate motives and seething grudges, mission creep set in and the coup evolved into an assassination. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 20 June 2024 Along with keeping Home Assistant funded and secure from buy-outs or mission creep, the foundation intends to help fund and collaborate with external projects crucial to Home Assistant, like Z-Wave JS and Zigbee2MQTT. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2024 Any time the United States gets involved in backing insurgencies, there is the danger of mission creep. Lindsey O'Rourke, Foreign Affairs, 18 Mar. 2022 That is what happened to the United States in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where mission creep allowed limited objectives to give way to murkier, more ambitious goals. Colin P. Clarke, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 But when launched in early June, Operation Peace for Galilee was immediately affected by mission creep and groupthink. Sarah E. Parkinson, Foreign Affairs, 14 Nov. 2023 Two of the likely consequences of mission creep would be great strains within NATO and greater desperation by Putin. Michael Krepon, Forbes, 2 May 2022 This is related to the concept of mission creep, which also describes the expansion of a project beyond its original scope. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 11 Sep. 2023 The mission creep of replay review, though, may be nothing compared to what umpires now face in the 2023 season, which is shaping up to be the most transformational in M.L.B. history. Devin Gordon, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'mission creep.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mission creep was in 1991

Dictionary Entries Near mission creep

Cite this Entry

“Mission creep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mission%20creep. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!