- 1An important assignment given to a person or group of people, typically involving travel abroad: a fact-finding mission to the Czech RepublicMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [treated as singular or plural] A group of people sent on a mission: by then, the mission had journeyed over 3,500 milesMore example sentences
- 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 missionMore example sentences
- 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 missionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4An expedition into space: NASA has approved a mission to investigate the atmosphere of MarsMore example sentences
- 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 conversionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1A building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission: a tour of the missions on the California coastMore example sentences
mission post, mission station, missionary organization
- 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.
- 3A strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling: his main mission in life has been to cut unemploymentMore example sentences
- 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'.