mission

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

Definition of mission

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 obsolete : the act or an instance of sending
2a : a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate (see propagate sense 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 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
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 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 : calling, vocation Her mission was to be a teacher.

mission

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

Definition of mission (Entry 2 of 4)

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 4)

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

Mission

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

Definition of Mission (Entry 4 of 4)

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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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.

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
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With the help of Harvey, Rosalind, and Theo (aka the Fright Club), this mission will probably take up a lot of Sabrina's energy, at least in the beginning of the season. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3," 9 Apr. 2019 Look for signs that spell out a clear mission statement. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "You’ve Kondo’d; now what to do with all that unwanted stuff," 26 Mar. 2019 Experiments should ideally be announced in advance, have a clear mission statement, and report how the trial went. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Now, the company is ready to take on a new venture, while keeping with the theme of their brand's mission statement: to inspire a community around sleep, wellness, and creating a comfortable home. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Parachute Has Just Launched Swoon-Worthy Handwoven Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 Part of our mission statement is to be funny but also to bring others with you. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Phoebe Robinson’s Epic 2 Dope Queens Season-Two Wardrobe Is Inspiring," 8 Feb. 2019 In March, the former 2016 presidential candidate removed anti-discrimination language from HUD’s mission statement. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 That’s when Apollo program manager George Low proposed a bold mission: orbit the Moon. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Hitman 2 feels like a mission statement: this is what Io can do with minimal outside help and full control over its properties. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mission

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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mission

noun

English Language Learners 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

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

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