Definition of mission in English:


Line breaks: mis|sion
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1An important assignment given to a person or group of people, typically involving travel abroad: a fact-finding mission to the Czech Republic
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    • They had an important mission to do, and he needed to remain focused.
    • During a long conversation with a senior administration official, I asked why Wilson was assigned the mission to Niger.
    • There are people who have already been assigned a mission to infiltrate and spy from the beginning.
    assignment, commission, expedition, journey, trip, errand, undertaking, operation; task, job, labour, work, chore; business, duty, charge, trust; Scottish & Irish message
  • 1.1 [treated as singular or plural] A group of people sent on a mission: by then, the mission had journeyed over 3,500 miles
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    • A joint government-Anglo-Jewish mission was sent out in May 1939 to Africa to assess appropriate settlement sites.
    • Even a UN security mission sent in to assess the situation had to turn back before reaching Mazar because it was too dangerous to proceed.
    • He said Indonesia and Malaysia would also form a joint mission to oversee and assess the reports made by the fact-finding mission.
  • 1.2An organization or institution involved in a long-term assignment abroad: the head of the West German mission
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    • To introduce Indian culture to this crowd, the mission organizes a charity event called as ‘Sakura Bazaar’ each year.
    • For a time, these missions became powerful institutions in colonial South America.
    • On the outbreak of hostilities, diplomatic missions in enemy countries close down and the diplomats depart.
  • 1.3An operation carried out by military aircraft: a reconnaissance mission
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    • So why use strategic airlift assets to carry out an airdrop mission with impact at the strategic level?
    • The A - 50 carries out patrol missions at an altitude of 5,000 to 10,000 metres.
    • American missions and RAF operations continued in support of the beachhead.
    sortie, operation, raid
  • 1.4An expedition into space: NASA has approved a mission to investigate the atmosphere of Mars
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    • Next month, NASA hopes to launch one of the most historic space exploration missions it has ever mounted.
    • Prizes have been proposed for other aspects of space exploration, including missions to Mars.
    • The agreement covers Space Shuttle missions supporting the International Space Station.
  • 2The vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith: the Christian mission [mass noun]: Gandhi’s attitude to mission and conversion
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    • The majority of Catholics have little appreciation of their mission to spread the faith as a precious gift intended for all.
    • There is the one charged with the task of organizing the Christian mission in Britain and drawing it together as one Church.
    • Its purpose is to express the nature of Christian faith in terms of the mission of the Church.
    vocation, calling, pursuit, goal, aim, quest, undertaking, purpose, function
  • 2.1A building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission: a tour of the missions on the California coast
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    • This same team will be building missions, weapons, and new features for years to come.
    • Economic recovery was painful but rapid, and by 1870 the church had even built its first mission.
    • Security was beefed up across the capital last night, especially around hotels and diplomatic missions, police said.
    mission post, mission station, missionary organization
  • 3A strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling: his main mission in life has been to cut unemployment
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    • He may well be a man with a mission - to stamp out pedophilia at its highest level - but it's a mission far to ambitious for one man.
    • Given his book that was published yesterday, he talks very strongly about his mission.
    • It's fairly strict, and one of my main missions in trying to be a better songwriter is to learn how to properly break all the rules.


mid 16th century (denoting the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world): from Latin missio(n-), from mittere 'send'.

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