AskDefine | Define mission

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A duty that involves fulfilling a request.
  2. Religious evangelism. See also: missionary
  3. (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.


duty that involves fulfilling a request
  • Bulgarian: мисия
  • Croatian: misija
  • Czech: poslání, mise
  • Dutch: missie
  • Esperanto: misio
  • Finnish: tehtävä
  • French: mission
  • Hungarian: küldetés
  • Italian: missione
  • Japanese: 任務
  • Polish: misja
  • Russian: миссия (míssija)
  • Slovene: naloga
  • Spanish: misión
religious evangelism
  • Croatian: misija
  • Dutch: missie, zending
  • Finnish: missio
  • French: mission
  • Japanese: 伝道
  • Korean: 사명
  • Polish: misja
  • Slovene: misijon
  • Spanish: misión


  1. To send to a mission.




Extensive Definition

A mission, from the Latin missum (English: sent), is a specific task, often religious, which a person or group has been charged with or adopts as their main purpose. It can also mean a school or other institution founded for religious education and/or evangelization. See also missionary, a related word in a religious context.
The mission of an organization is often stated explicitly in a mission statement.


Politics and government


  • Mission statement, a brief statement of the purpose of an organization
  • Mission (slang), a slang term often used to describe a task or objective of which is considered difficult by the user
Mission may also refer to:


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Other uses

  • Mission, the previous name of the music group currently known as "Crown City Rockers."
  • Mission Vao, a character in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
  • Mission (grape), a variety of grape.
  • Mission bottle, a bottle in a pharmacy for an oral liquid drug given to a patient (as opposed to a stock bottle, which usually contains a bulk amount of liquid and is not to be given to patients).
  • Mission British manufacturer of loudspeakers now owned by IAG
  • Mission (hockey), an ice and roller hockey skates and equipment manufacturer
  • Captain Mission, an 18th century pirate spaduti and captain of The Republic of the Sea who founded a short-lived utopian society.

See also

mission in German: Mission
mission in Esperanto: Misio
mission in French: Mission
mission in Galician: Misión
mission in Lithuanian: Misija
mission in Dutch: Mission
mission in Japanese: ミッション
mission in Norwegian: Misjon
mission in Polish: Misja
mission in Russian: Миссия
mission in Volapük: Mission

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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