What does Mission mean?

Definitions for Mission
ˈmɪʃ ənmis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mission, missionary post, missionary station, foreign missionnoun

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

  2. mission, military missionnoun

    an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters

    "the planes were on a bombing mission"

  3. mission, charge, commissionnoun

    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 worknoun

    the organized work of a religious missionary

  5. deputation, commission, delegation, delegacy, missionnoun

    a group of representatives or delegates


  1. Missionnoun

    Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy; as, the Russian mission to the United Nations.


  1. missionnoun

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

  2. missionnoun

    Religious evangelism.

  3. missionnoun

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

  4. missionnoun

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

  5. missionverb

    To send to a mission.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Missionnoun

    Etymology: missio, Latin.

    Her son tracing the desart wild,
    All his great work to come before him set,
    How to begin, how to accomplish best,
    His end of being on earth, and mission high. John Milton, Pa. Reg.

    The divine authority of our mission, and the powers vested in us by the high-priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, are publickly disputed and denied. Francis Atterbury.

    In these ships there should be a mission of three of the brethren of Solomon’s house, to give us knowledge of the sciences, manufactures, and inventions of all the world, and bring us books and patterns; and that the brethren should stay abroad till the new mission. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    In Cesar’s army, somewhat the soldiers would have had, yet only demanded a mission or discharge, though with no intention it should be granted, but thought to wrench him to their other desires; whereupon with one cry they asked mission. Francis Bacon, Apophth.

    Glorious deeds, in these fields of late,
    Made emulous missions ’mongst the gods themselves,
    And drove great Mars to faction. William Shakespeare.


  1. Mission

    Mission is a song by Canadian rock band Rush from the 1987 album Hold Your Fire.


  1. mission

    A mission refers to a specific task, project, or assignment that an individual, group or organization sets out to accomplish. It could also represent the overall purpose or main goal that guides an individual's actions or an organization's strategies and decisions. In a broader sense, it can refer to an overseas trip undertaken for a specific purpose, often of a religious nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Missionnoun

    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. Missionnoun

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

  3. Missionnoun

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

  4. Missionnoun

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

  5. Missionnoun

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

  6. Missionnoun

    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. Missionnoun

    dismission; discharge from service

  8. Missionverb

    to send on a mission

  9. Etymology: [L. missio, fr. mittere, missum, to send: cf. F. mission. See Missile.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mission

    mish′un, n. a sending of any agent, delegate, or messenger: the purpose for which one is sent: the sending out persons to spread a religion: a series of special religious services conducted by a missioner: any particular field of missionary enterprise: persons sent on a mission: an embassy: a station or association of missionaries: duty on which one is sent: purpose of life.—v.t. (rare) to commission.—n. Miss′ionary, one sent upon a mission to spread the knowledge of religion.—adj. pertaining to missions.—ns. Miss′ionary-bish′op, one having jurisdiction in a heathen country, or in districts not yet formed into dioceses; Miss′ioner, one who conducts a series of special mission services; Miss′ion-school, a school for religious, and sometimes also secular, instruction for the poor, kept up by charity: a school conducted by a missionary abroad. [Fr.,—L. mission-emmittĕre, to send.]

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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mission is ranked #129047 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mission surname appeared 132 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mission.

    48.4% or 64 total occurrences were Asian.
    43.9% or 58 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mission in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Mission in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Levine:

    The mission of our Department is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation, all people need access to healthcare services to fix a broken bone, protect their heart health, and screen for cancer risk.

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow:

    Our mission is to really open doors and help ourselves and others really get close to what their purpose might be, we’re brave, we’re not afraid to ask questions. We like to shine light on things.

  3. Mauricio Cardenas:

    There are a number of restrictions today that we need to change, this is the road and the mission for the next 10 years.

  4. Police Chief Leon Charles:

    He arrived by private plane in June with political objectives and contacted a private security firm to recruit the people who committed this act, the initial mission that was given to these assailants was to protect the individual named Emmanuel Sanon, but afterwards the mission changed.

  5. David Horvath:

    The young age of this deposit absolutely raises the possibility that there could still be volcanic activity on Mars, and it is intriguing that recent Marsquakes detected by the InSight mission are sourced from Cerberus Fossae.

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