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Webster 1913 Edition


Mission

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.
Shakespeare
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.
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 missionaries
.
(b)
A school for the religious instruction of children not having regular church privileges.
Syn. – Message; errand; commission; deputation.

Mis′sion

,
Verb.
T.
To send on a mission.
[Mostly used in the form of the past participle.]
Keats.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mission

MIS'SION

,
Noun.
[L. missio, from mitto, to send.]
1.
A sending or being sent, usually the latter; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; commission; as sent on a foreign mission.
How to begin, how to accomplish best
His end of being on earth, and mission high.
2.
Persons sent; any number of persons appointed by authority to perform any service; particularly, the persons sent to propagate religion, or evangelize the heathen. The societies for propagating the gospel have missions in almost every country. Last week a mission sailed for the Sandwich isles. We have domestic missions and foreign missions.
3.
Dismission; discharge from service; a Roman use of the word; in English, obsolete.
4.
Faction; party. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


Mission

Mission

See also: mission

German

Noun

Mission f (genitive Mission, plural Missionen)

  1. mission (all senses)

mission

mission

See also: Mission

English

Noun

mission (countable and uncountable, plural missions)

  1. (countable) A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer.
  2. (uncountable) Religious evangelism.
  3. (uncountable) (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
  4. (countable) (Catholic tradition) an infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.
  5. A number of people appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
    • Francis Bacon
      In these ships there should be a mission of three of the fellows or brethren of Solomon's house.
  6. (obsolete) dismissal; discharge from service
  7. A settlement or building serving as a base for missionary work.
    Many cities across the Americas grew from Spanish missions.

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Translations

Verb

mission (third-person singular simple present missions, present participle missioning, simple past and past participle missioned)

  1. (transitive) To send to a mission.

Finnish

Noun

mission

  1. Genitive singular form of missio.

French

Etymology

Latin missiō

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /misjɔ̃/

Noun

mission f (plural missions)

  1. mission (duty that involves fulfilling a request)
  2. mission (religious evangelism)

Anagrams


Norman

Etymology

From Old French mission, from Latin missiō.

Noun

mission f (plural missions)

  1. (Jersey) mission

Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin missiō

Noun

mission f (oblique plural missions, nominative singular mission, nominative plural missions)

  1. expense; cost; outlay

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

mission c

  1. (countable) a mission; a purpose or duty, a task set by an employer
  2. (uncountable) mission; religious evangelism
    inre mission
    domestic mission (evangelizing within the home country)

Declension

Inflection of mission 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mission missionen missioner missionerna
Genitive missions missionens missioners missionernas

Related terms

  • missionär
  • missionsfält
  • missionsförbund