What does mission mean?

Definitions for missionˈmɪʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mission.

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


  1. Mission(n.)

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

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


  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

  9. Origin: [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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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Campbell:

    The mission hasn't changed.

  2. Peter Black:

    For Eli, this became a mission.

  3. Dustin Brown:

    I failed my mission to kill everyone.

  4. Elizabeth Young:

    It was an honorable mission he was on.

  5. Daniel Lubetzky:

    Your social mission can’t be a crutch.

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