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mission Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work
    foreign mission; missionary post; missionary station.
  2. noun an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
    military mission.
    • the planes were on a bombing mission
  3. noun a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    commission; charge.
    • a confidential mission to London
    • his charge was deliver a message
  4. noun the organized work of a religious missionary
    missionary work.
  5. noun a group of representatives or delegates
    delegation; commission; delegacy; deputation.

Mis"sion noun
L. missio, fr. mittere, missum, to send: cf. F. mission. See Missile.
  1. The act of sending, or the state of being sent; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; comission.
    Whose glorious deeds, but in these fields of late, Made emulous missions' mongst the gods themselves. Shak.
  2. That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission.
    How to begin, how to accomplish best His end of being on earth, and mission high. Milton.
  3. Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
    In these ships there should be a mission of three of the fellows or brethren of Solomon's house. Bacon.
  4. An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries.
  5. An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.
  6. 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. Addis & Arnold.
  7. Dismission; discharge from service. Obs. Syn. -- Message; errand; commission; deputation.
Mis"sion transitive verb
  1. To send on a mission. Mostly used in the form of the past participle. Keats.

Webster 1913

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