errand


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Related to errand: run an errand

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 ?
On the afternoon of the second day, she went out to do an errand, and give poor Joanna, the invalid doll, her daily exercise.
He had gone on an errand to the house of a farmer who lived on a hillside beyond the Fair Ground and had returned by a path through a field.
We are equal," said Cora, firmly; "on such an errand we will follow to any danger.
Having expended his private fortune, on the two preceding days, in the purchase of the above unheard-of luxuries, the young gentleman's present errand was on the part of his mother, in quest of three eggs and half a pound of raisins.
If little Pearl were entertained with faith and trust, as a spirit messenger no less than an earthly child, might it not be her errand to soothe away the sorrow that lay cold in her mother's heart, and converted it into a tomb?
Returning from my first morning stroll, I again sallied out upon this special errand.
But if the currents carry ye to those sweet Antilles where the beaches are only beat with water-lilies, will ye do one little errand for me?
I never knew the carriage to go out so often before; when the mistress did not go out the master drove himself in the two-wheeled chaise; but now, whether it was master or the young ladies, or only an errand, Ginger and I were put in the carriage and James drove us.
It must be observed that one of Sam's especial delights had been to ride in attendance on his master to all kinds of political gatherings, where, roosted on some rail fence, or perched aloft in some tree, he would sit watching the orators, with the greatest apparent gusto, and then, descending among the various brethren of his own color, assembled on the same errand, he would edify and delight them with the most ludicrous burlesques and imitations, all delivered with the most imperturbable earnestness and solemnity; and though the auditors immediately about him were generally of his own color, it not unfrequently happened that they were fringed pretty deeply with those of a fairer complexion, who listened, laughing and winking, to Sam's great self-congratulation.
When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended show, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour--for the horse was soon tackled--was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.
I would have considered this a doubt- ful errand, myself.
I must get back to her, and I haven't got to my errand yet.