- a group or committee of persons sent to a foreign country to conduct negotiations, establish relations, provide scientific and technical assistance, or the like.
- the business with which such a group is charged.
- any important task or duty that is assigned, allotted, or self-imposed: Our mission is to find the child a safe home.
- an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation: She has finally found her mission in life.
- a sending or being sent for some duty or purpose.
- those sent.
- Also called foreign mission. a permanent diplomatic establishment abroad; embassy; legation.
- Military. an operational task, usually assigned by a higher headquarters: a mission to bomb the bridge.
- Aerospace. an operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program: a space mission.
- Also called foreign mission. a group of persons sent by a church to carry on religious work, especially evangelization in foreign lands, and often to establish schools, hospitals, etc.
- an establishment of missionaries in a foreign land; a missionary church or station.
- a similar establishment in any region.
- the district assigned to a missionary.
- missionary duty or work.
- an organization for carrying on missionary work.
- Also called rescue mission. a shelter operated by a church or other organization offering food, lodging, and other assistance to needy persons.
- missions, organized missionary work or activities in any country or region.
- a church or a region dependent on a larger church or denomination.
- a series of special religious services for increasing religious devotion and converting unbelievers: to preach a mission.
- of or relating to a mission.
- (usually initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of American furniture of the early 20th century, created in supposed imitation of the furnishings of the Spanish missions of California and characterized by the use of dark, stained wood, by heaviness, and by extreme plainness.
Origin of mission
- a city in S Texas.
Related Words for missionduty, office, profession, trade, operation, vocation, trust, end, goal, errand, commission, charge, objective, business, assignment, object, sortie, job, quest, pursuit
Examples from the Web for mission
Contemporary Examples of mission
We knew that many academics today would consider our mission naïve.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
The mission is to teach any person to use technology for independence and empowerment no matter where they are located.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics
December 10, 2014
Despite the inherent risk, the president decided the mission was crucial.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of mission
Our mission is not punishment, but the rectification of wrong.
Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.
Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation.
The hours seemed like days to George while Hardy was on his mission.Life in London
It is our mission, as the plants and the lower living things have theirs.The Conquest of Fear
- a specific task or duty assigned to a person or group of peopletheir mission was to irrigate the desert
- a person's vocation (often in the phrase mission in life)
- a group of persons representing or working for a particular country, business, etc, in a foreign country
- a special embassy sent to a foreign country for a specific purpose
- USa permanent legation
- a group of people sent by a religious body, esp a Christian church, to a foreign country to do religious and social work
- the campaign undertaken by such a group
- the work or calling of a missionary
- a building or group of buildings in which missionary work is performed
- the area assigned to a particular missionary
- the dispatch of aircraft or spacecraft to achieve a particular task
- a church or chapel that has no incumbent of its own
- a charitable centre that offers shelter, aid, or advice to the destitute or underprivileged
- (modifier) of or relating to an ecclesiastical missiona mission station
- Southern African a long and difficult process
- (modifier) US (of furniture) in the style of the early Spanish missions of the southwestern US
- (tr) to direct a mission to or establish a mission in (a given region)
Word Origin for mission
1590s, "a sending abroad," originally of Jesuits, from Latin missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending, a despatching; a release, a setting at liberty; discharge from service, dismissal," noun of action from past participle stem of mittere "to send," oldest form probably *smittere, of unknown origin.
Diplomatic sense of "body of persons sent to a foreign land on commercial or political business" is from 1620s. In American English, sometimes "an embassy" (1805). Meaning "dispatch of an aircraft on a military operation" (1929, American English) later extended to spacecraft flights (1962), hence, mission control (1964). As a style of furniture, said to be imitative of furniture in the buildings of original Spanish missions to North America, it is attested from 1900.