To run an errand
Errand Er"rand, n. [OE. erende, erande, message, business, AS. [ae]rende, [ae]rend; akin to OS. arundi, OHG. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, ["o]rendi, erendi, Sw. ["a]rende, Dan. [ae]rende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. ["o]rr, and to L. oriri to rise, E. orient.] A special business intrusted to a messenger; something to be told or done by one sent somewhere for the purpose; often, a verbal message; a commission; as, the servant was sent on an errand; to do an errand. Also, one's purpose in going anywhere. [1913 Webster]

I have a secret errand to thee, O king. --Judg. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

I will not eat till I have told mine errand. --Gen. xxiv. 33. [1913 Webster]

2. Any specific task, usually of a routine nature, requiring some form of travel, usually locally. An errand is often on behalf of someone else, but sometimes for one's own purposes. [PJC]

3. A {mission}. [PJC]

{To run an errand}, To perform an errand[2]. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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