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mission

noun uk   /ˈmɪʃ.ən/ us  

mission noun (JOB)

C2 [C] an important job, especially a military one, that someone is sent somewhere to do: Your mission is to isolate the enemy by destroying all the bridges across the river. a peace/rescue/fact-finding missionB2 [C] any work that someone believes it is their duty to do: My mission in life is to educate the rich about the suffering of the poor. She's a woman with a mission and she's absolutely determined to finish the project.mission accomplished something that you say when you have finished doing something that you were told to do: Mission accomplished. I've got everything you asked for on the list.
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mission noun (PEOPLE)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people whose job is to increase what is known about their country, organization, or religion in another country or area, or the place where such people are based: More funds are needed to establish trade missions in eastern Europe. The Methodist mission is situated in one of the poorest parts of the city.
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