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  1. mis·sion
    IPA[ˈmiSHən]
  2. noun

    • 1. an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel:

      a trade mission to Mexico
    • 2. a group of people sent on a mission:

      by then, the mission had journeyed more than 3,500 miles
    • 3. an organization or institution involved in a long-term assignment in a foreign country:

      the head of the West German mission
    • 4. an operation carried out by military aircraft:

      he was shot down on a supply mission
      Synonym : sortie, operation, raid
    • 5. an expedition into space:

      NASA has approved a mission to investigate the atmosphere of Mars
    • 6. the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith:

      the Christian mission Gandhi's attitude to mission and conversion
    • 7. a building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission.

      Synonym : mission post, mission station, missionary organization
    • 8. a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling:

      his main mission in life has been to cut unemployment
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mission, plural noun: missions

    • noun

      an important assignment given to a person or group of people, typically involving travel abroad:

      a group of people sent on a mission:

    • noun

      a permanent office established by a nation to represent its interests in a foreign country.

      a group sent by a church to live in a foreign country for a period of time, especially to seek converts.

    • noun

      denoting a style of architecture characteristic of the Catholic missions in Spanish America.
    • noun

      a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment.
    • adjective

      (of hardware or software) vital to the functioning of an organization.
    • noun

      a formal summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual:
    • adjective

      (of hardware or software) vital to the functioning of an organization.
    • noun

      denoting a style of architecture characteristic of the Catholic missions in Spanish America.
    • noun

      a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment.
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