Definitions for missionˈmɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•sionˈmɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. a group or committee of persons sent to a foreign country to conduct negotiations, establish relations, provide technical assistance, or the like.

  2. a specific task that a person or group of persons is sent to perform.

  3. a permanent diplomatic establishment abroad; embassy.

  4. a group of persons sent by a church to carry on religious work, esp. evangelization in foreign lands, and often to establish schools, hospitals, etc.

    Category: Religion

  5. the place of work of such persons, or the territory of their responsibility.

    Category: Religion

  6. a military operational task, usu. assigned by a higher headquarters:

    a bombing mission.

    Category: Military

  7. an aerospace operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program.

    Category: Aerospace

  8. an allotted or self-imposed duty or task; calling:

    one's mission in life.

  9. a place for evangelical and philanthropic work, esp. in a poor urban area.

    Category: Religion

  10. a series of special religious services for increasing religious devotion and for conversion.

    Category: Religion

  11. a church or region with a nonresident minister or priest.

    Category: Religion

  12. (adj.)of or pertaining to a mission.

  13. (usu. cap.) of or designating a style of U.S. furniture of the early 20th century, developed in supposed imitation of the furnishings of Spanish missions in California and characterized by simple, rectilinear shapes and the use of dark, stained oak.

    Category: Furniture

Origin of mission:

1590–1600; < L missiō a sending off =mitt(ere) to send +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mission, missionary post, missionary station, foreign mission(noun)

    an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work

  2. mission, military mission(noun)

    an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters

    "the planes were on a bombing mission"

  3. mission, charge, commission(noun)

    a special assignment that is given to a person or group

    "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"

  4. mission, missionary work(noun)

    the organized work of a religious missionary

  5. deputation, commission, delegation, delegacy, mission(noun)

    a group of representatives or delegates

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mission(noun)ˈɪʃən

    an official job or an important duty

    soldiers on a mission; a peace-keeping mission; Our mission is to keep the public safe.

  2. missionˈɪʃən

    a flight into space

    the space shuttle's next mission

  3. missionˈɪʃən

    a place where Christianity is taught, or the work of teaching Christianity

    a mission in the mountains of India


  1. mission(Noun)

    A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer.

  2. mission(Noun)

    Religious evangelism.

  3. mission(Noun)

    (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.

  4. mission(Noun)

    (Catholic tradition) an infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.

  5. mission(Verb)

    To send to a mission.

  6. Origin: From mission, mission, from missio, from mitto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mission(noun)

    the act of sending, or the state of being sent; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; comission

  2. Mission(noun)

    that with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission

  3. Mission(noun)

    persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy

  4. Mission(noun)

    an assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries

  5. Mission(noun)

    an organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches

  6. Mission(noun)

    a course of extraordinary sermons and services at a particular place and time for the special purpose of quickening the faith and zeal participants, and of converting unbelievers

  7. Mission(noun)

    dismission; discharge from service

  8. Mission(verb)

    to send on a mission


  1. Mission

    Christian mission is "an organized effort for the propagation of the Christian faith." Mission often involve sending individuals and groups, called "missionaries", to foreign countries and to places in their homeland for the purpose of proselytism. This involves evangelism, and humanitarian work, especially among the poor and disadvantaged. Missionaries have the authority to preach the Christian faith, and provide humanitarian work to improve economic development, literacy, education, health care, and orphanages. Christian doctrines permit the provision of aid without requiring religious conversion.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. mission

    1. The task, together with the purpose, that clearly indicates the action to be taken and the reason therefore. 2. In common usage, especially when applied to lower military units, a duty assigned to an individual or unit; a task. 3. The dispatching of one or more aircraft to accomplish one particular task.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mission' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3675

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mission' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3699

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mission' in Nouns Frequency: #1335

Translations for mission

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a purpose for which a person or group of people is sent

His mission was to seek help.

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