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mission

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noun mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of mission

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

  2. 2a :  a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate (see propagate 3b) its faith or carry on humanitarian work <organized a mission to the heathen natives>b :  assignment to or work in a field of missionary enterprisec (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 worke :  a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith <a preaching mission>

  3. 3 :  a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity: such asa :  a group sent to a foreign country to conduct diplomatic or political negotiations <a member of a trade mission>b :  a permanent embassy or legationc :  a team of specialists or cultural leaders sent to a foreign country <served on a mission to improve agricultural methods>

  4. 4a :  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>

  5. 5 :  calling, vocation <Her mission was to be a teacher.>

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

Did You Know?

Your own mission in life can be anything you pursue with almost religious enthusiasm. People with a mission—whether it's stopping drunk driving, keeping the town's public areas clean, increasing local recycling, or building a community center—very often succeed in really changing things.

Origin and Etymology 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


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mission

verb mis·sion

Definition of mission

missioned

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missioning

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

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

Origin and Etymology of mission

see 1mission


First Known Use: 1692


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mission

adjective mis·sion

Definition of mission

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

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of mission

see 1mission


First Known Use: 1900

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


Mission

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geographical name Mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of Mission

  1. 1 city near the Rio Grande in southern Texas population 77,058

  2. 2 municipality on the Fraser River in southwestern British Columbia, Canada population 36,426

Did You Know?

Your own mission in life can be anything you pursue with almost religious enthusiasm. People with a mission—whether it's stopping drunk driving, keeping the town's public areas clean, increasing local recycling, or building a community center—very often succeed in really changing things.



MISSION Defined for English Language Learners

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mission

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noun mis·sion \ˈmi-shən\

Definition of mission for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MISSION Defined for Kids

mission

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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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