errand

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er·rand

 (ĕr′ənd)
n.
1.
a. A short trip taken to perform a specified task, usually for another.
b. The purpose or object of such a trip: Your errand was to mail the letter.
2. Archaic
a. A mission; an embassy.
b. An oral message that has been entrusted to one.

[Middle English erand, from Old English ǣrend.]

errand

(ˈɛrənd)
n
1. a short trip undertaken to perform a necessary task or commission (esp in the phrase run errands)
2. the purpose or object of such a trip
[Old English ǣrende; related to ār messenger, Old Norse erendi message, Old High German ārunti, Swedish ärende]

er•rand

(ˈɛr ənd)

n.
1. a short trip to accomplish a specific purpose, as to buy or deliver something or to convey a message, often for someone else.
2. the purpose of such a trip.
3. a special mission entrusted to a messenger; commission.
[before 900; Middle English erande, Old English ærende; c. Old High German āruntī; compare Old English ār messenger, Gothic airus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.errand - a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
trip - a journey for some purpose (usually including the return); "he took a trip to the shopping center"

errand

noun job, charge, commission, message, task, mission Frank ran dodgy errands for a seedy local villain.

errand

noun
An assignment one is sent to carry out:
Translations
مُهِمَّهمُهِمَّه، خِدْمَه، عَمَل خفيف
ærinde
erindierindi; sendiferî
pasiuntimas
būt par izsūtāmouzdevums
opravek
ayak işibir iş için bir yere gitmegetir götür işi

errand

[ˈerənd]
A. Nrecado m, mandado m (esp LAm)
to run errandshacer recados
errand of mercytentativa f de salvamento
B. CPD errand boy Nrecadero m, mandadero m (esp LAm)

errand

[ˈɛrənd] ncourse f
to run errands → faire des courses
to go on an errand → faire une course
to run an errand for sb → faire une course pour qn errand of mercyerrand boy ngarçon m de courseserrand of mercy nmission f de charité, acte m charitable

errand

n (= shopping etc)Besorgung f; (to give a message etc) → Botengang m; (= task)Auftrag m; to send somebody on an errandjdn auf Besorgungen/einen Botengang schicken; to go on or run errands (for somebody)(für jdn) Besorgungen/Botengänge machen; to be out on an errandBesorgungen/einen Botengang machen, etwas erledigen; errand of mercyRettungsaktion f

errand

[ˈɛrnd] ncommissione f
to run errands → fare commissioni
errand of mercy → atto di carità

errand

(ˈerənd) noun
1. a short journey made in order to get something or do something especially for someone else. He has sent the child on an errand; The child will run errands for you.
2. the purpose of such a journey. She accomplished her errand.
References in classic literature ?
He appointed hours at which he was employed on business-errands for the inn, and places which lay on the way to those errands, for his meetings with Mrs.
Lammeter's, he had not had to pass through the village; but to lose time by going on errands in the morning was out of the question.
And more I learned--that many men had gone thither for Issus in the past, always on errands of death and torture to the prisoners; but those who thus learned the secret way were wont to die mysteriously immediately they had returned and made their reports to cruel Issus.
The Sunday following, the little boy took something, and wrapped it up in a piece of paper, went downstairs, and stood in the doorway; and when the man who went on errands came past, he said to him--
I only desire her to go into the High Street' (and then he pulls out a turnover), 'to such a shop'; and then he tells them a long story of two fine neckcloths he had bid money for, and he wanted to have me go and make an errand to buy a neck to the turnover that he showed, to see if they would take my money for the neckcloths; to bid a shilling more, and haggle with them; and then he made more errands, and so continued to have such petty business to do, that I should be sure to stay a good while.
I told Mother I'd do the errands, and I haven't," said Jo decidedly.
So the tanner departed joyfully upon his errand, but much more interested in the dun deer of the forest than in any two-legged rovers therein.
Popular rumour concerning the single gentleman and his errand, travelling from mouth to mouth, and waxing stronger in the marvellous as it was bandied about--for your popular rumour, unlike the rolling stone of the proverb, is one which gathers a deal of moss in its wanderings up and down--occasioned his dismounting at the inn-door to be looked upon as an exciting and attractive spectacle, which could scarcely be enough admired; and drew together a large concourse of idlers, who having recently been, as it were, thrown out of employment by the closing of the wax-work and the completion of the nuptial ceremonies, considered his arrival as little else than a special providence, and hailed it with demonstrations of the liveliest joy.
Now tell us what is your errand here, beneath the shadow of her who sits in stone?
uf, the warder demanded of him his name and errand.
I wish we could bring dear Frederica too, but I am sorry to say that her mother's errand hither was to fetch her away; and, miserable as it made the poor girl, it was impossible to detain her.
At her age, and in her state of health, were good spirits compatible with such an errand to a physician as the errand on which she was bent?