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 ?
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.
Concealing as she best might the disgust that he inspired in her, Anne stated her errand in the most direct manner, and in the fewest possible words.
It was a nasty fog to turn out into, but there were things Silas loved better than his own comfort; so, drawing his pork to the extremity of the hanger, and arming himself with his lantern and his old sack, he set out on what, in ordinary weather, would have been a twenty minutes' errand.
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?
During the journey I thought over my errand with misgiving.
In a moment he saw that he need not have worried, however: the doctor was quite too intent on his errand to notice how that errand was received.
Varden,' said Mr Haredale, after a minute's pause, 'you will be amazed to hear what errand I am on; it will seem a very strange one.
In the shadows of the forest that flanks the crimson plain by the side of the Lost Sea of Korus in the Valley Dor, beneath the hurtling moons of Mars, speeding their meteoric way close above the bosom of the dying planet, I crept stealthily along the trail of a shadowy form that hugged the darker places with a persistency that proclaimed the sinister nature of its errand.