a short and quick trip to accomplish a specific purpose, as to buy something, deliver a package, or convey a message, often for someone else.
the purpose of such a trip: He finished his errands.
a special mission or function entrusted to a messenger; commission.

before 900; Middle English erande, Old English ærende; cognate with Old High German āruntī; compare Old English ār messenger, Gothic airus

1, 2. mission, task, assignment, chore. Unabridged
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errand (ˈɛrənd)
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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ærende "message, mission," from P.Gmc. *ærundjam. Related: Errands.
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They also run errands for elderly and handicapped people.
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Walking or bicycling for your daily errands reduces vehicle emissions.
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