Origin of mission
Definition for mission (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for mission
We knew that many academics today would consider our mission naïve.
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.
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.
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|Lucy Vernasco|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the inherent risk, the president decided the mission was crucial.
This receipt you will preserve and return to me in token that you have fulfilled your mission.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
A school with this object was established in our Mission in 1845.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
Could he in any way get to that "Mission Press" in Bangalore?In Kali's Country|Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
Before the mission site had been agreed upon two young boys came and asked for work.South and South Central Africa|H. Frances Davidson
This is the mission upon which Democracy came into the world.State of the Union Addresses of Woodrow Wilson|Woodrow Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for mission
- a special embassy sent to a foreign country for a specific purpose
- US a 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
Word Origin for mission
Word Origin and History 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.