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; as, the Russian mission to the United Nations.
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.
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 v. t. To send on a mission. [Mostly used in the form of the past participle.]
n 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
5: a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation,
commission, delegation, delegacy]