1. an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work;
[syn: mission, missionary post, missionary station, foreign mission]
2. an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters;
- Example: "the planes were on a bombing mission"
[syn: mission, military mission]
3. a special assignment that is given to a person or group;
- Example: "a confidential mission to London"
- Example: "his charge was deliver a message"
[syn: mission, charge, commission]
4. the organized work of a religious missionary;
[syn: mission, missionary work]
5. a group of representatives or delegates;
[syn: deputation, commission, delegation, delegacy, mission]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mission \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. [1913 Webster] Whose glorious deeds, but in these fields of late, Made emulous missions 'mongst the gods themselves. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission. [1913 Webster] How to begin, how to accomplish best His end of being on earth, and mission high. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy; as, the Russian mission to the United Nations. [1913 Webster +PJC] In these ships there should be a mission of three of the fellows or brethren of Solomon's house. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries. [1913 Webster] 5. An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 7. Dismission; discharge from service. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Message; errand; commission; deputation. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mission \Mis"sion\, v. t. To send on a mission. [Mostly used in the form of the past participle.] --Keats. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Mission, KS (city, FIPS 47225) Location: 39.02670 N, 94.65670 W Population (1990): 9504 (5239 housing units) Area: 6.6 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 66205 Mission, OR (CDP, FIPS 49000) Location: 45.66709 N, 118.67181 W Population (1990): 664 (240 housing units) Area: 5.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Mission, SD (city, FIPS 42940) Location: 43.30647 N, 100.66045 W Population (1990): 730 (272 housing units) Area: 1.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 57555 Mission, TX (city, FIPS 48768) Location: 26.21145 N, 98.31689 W Population (1990): 28653 (10658 housing units) Area: 36.0 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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