a group or committee of persons sent to a foreign country to conduct negotiations, establish relations, provide scientific and technical assistance, or the like.
the business with which such a group is charged.
any important task or duty that is assigned, allotted, or self-imposed: Our mission is to find the child a safe home.
an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation: She has finally found her mission in life.
a sending or being sent for some duty or purpose.
Also called foreign mission . a permanent diplomatic establishment abroad; embassy; legation.
Military. an operational task, usually assigned by a higher headquarters: a mission to bomb the bridge.
Aerospace. an operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program: a space mission.
Also called foreign mission . a group of persons sent by a church to carry on religious work, especially evangelization in foreign lands, and often to establish schools, hospitals, etc.
an establishment of missionaries in a foreign land; a missionary church or station.
a similar establishment in any region.
the district assigned to a missionary.
missionary duty or work.
an organization for carrying on missionary work.
Also called rescue mission. a shelter operated by a church or other organization offering food, lodging, and other assistance to needy persons.
missions, organized missionary work or activities in any country or region.
a church or a region dependent on a larger church or denomination.
a series of special religious services for increasing religious devotion and converting unbelievers: to preach a mission.
of or relating to a mission.
(usually initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of American furniture of the early 20th century, created in supposed imitation of the furnishings of the Spanish missions of California and characterized by the use of dark, stained wood, by heaviness, and by extreme plainness.
- mis·sion·al, adjective
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a city in S Texas.
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How to use mission in a sentence
I think we need a new agency whose sole mission is fire risk reduction.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead. | James Temple | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
If that’s the core mission, stopping the growth engine is the worst thing you can do, you end up treading water.‘We’re about hiring journalists’: Insider Inc. launches third global news hub in Singapore | Lucinda Southern | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
NASA already has two prospective Venus missions in the works.
America has successfully launched national innovation missions time and again.To confront the climate crisis, the US should launch a National Energy Innovation Mission | Amy Nordrum | September 15, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
I didn’t care where I had to look—I was on a mission for the National Zoo.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes) | Kenneth Catania | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
We knew that many academics today would consider our mission naïve.
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.
Some pilots consider the infrared marker to be crucial to the close air-support mission to support ground troops.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets | Dave Majumdar | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.
The sad end of the mission to King M'Bongo has been narrated in the body of this work.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Martini was on his mission to Vienna; but another valet was put into the chariot to support the Duke.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The result of this mission was eminently successful; a special treaty was drawn up and Spain sold Louisiana to France.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The conclusion is reached that, despite these drawbacks, the Jesuit mission in Canada has made a hopeful beginning.
Naturally the conversation fell on the all-absorbing topic of the day and the object of his mission.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for mission
a specific task or duty assigned to a person or group of people: their mission was to irrigate the desert
a person's vocation (often in the phrase mission in life)
a group of persons representing or working for a particular country, business, etc, in a foreign country
a special embassy sent to a foreign country for a specific purpose
US a permanent legation
a group of people sent by a religious body, esp a Christian church, to a foreign country to do religious and social work
the campaign undertaken by such a group
the work or calling of a missionary
a building or group of buildings in which missionary work is performed
the area assigned to a particular missionary
the dispatch of aircraft or spacecraft to achieve a particular task
a church or chapel that has no incumbent of its own
a charitable centre that offers shelter, aid, or advice to the destitute or underprivileged
(modifier) of or relating to an ecclesiastical mission: a mission station
Southern African a long and difficult process
(modifier) US (of furniture) in the style of the early Spanish missions of the southwestern US
(tr) to direct a mission to or establish a mission in (a given region)
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