Definitions for: Mission

[n] the organized work of a religious missionary
[n] a task that has been assigned to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
[n] an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters; "the planes were on a bombing mission"
[n] a group of representatives or delegates
[n] an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work

Webster (1913) Definition: Mis"sion, n. [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.

2. That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an
errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a

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.]

Mission school.
(a) A school connected with a mission and conducted by
(b) A school for the religious instruction of children not
having regular church privileges.

Syn: Message; errand; commission; deputation.

Mis"sion, v. t.
To send on a mission. [Mostly used in the form of the past
participle.] --Keats.

Synonyms: charge, commission, commission, delegacy, delegation, deputation, foreign mission, military mission, missionary post, missionary station, missionary work

See Also: assignment, combat mission, diplomatic mission, direct support, duty assignment, embassy, fool's errand, military operation, mission impossible, operation, organisation, organization, search and destroy mission, search mission, work

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