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Meaning of “mission” in the English Dictionary

"mission" in British English

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missionnoun

uk   us   /ˈmɪʃ.ən/
  • mission noun (JOB)

C2 [C] an ​importantjob, ​especially a ​military one, that someone is ​sentsomewhere to do: Your mission is to ​isolate the ​enemy by ​destroying all the ​bridgesacross the ​river. a peace/​rescue/​fact-finding missionB2 [C] any ​work that someone ​believes it is ​theirduty 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 ​absolutelydetermined 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 ​theircountry, ​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 ​easternEurope. The ​Methodist mission is ​situated in one of the ​poorestparts of the ​city.
(Definition of mission from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mission" in American English

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missionnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɪʃ·ən/
the ​action of ​sending someone to a ​place to do a ​particularjob, esp. one for a ​government or ​religiousorganization, or the ​job the ​person has been ​sent to do: They were ​sent on a ​secretpolitical mission to the ​MiddleEast. fig. She’s a woman on a mission (= She is ​stronglydetermined) to ​teach those ​children to ​read. A mission is also a ​group of ​people who are ​sent to another ​place to do a ​particularjob or to ​representtheircountry, ​organization, or ​religion, or the ​place where they go to do this ​work: A ​trade mission was ​sent to ​South Africa. a ​Methodist mission
(Definition of mission from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mission" in Business English

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missionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɪʃən/
WORKPLACE the ​result that a ​company or an ​organization is ​trying to ​achieve through its ​plans or ​actions: core/main/primary mission The ​main mission of the Home Ownership Group is to ​arrangeloans for first ​timehomebuyers. The team's ​job is to ​lead the ​corporation on its strategic mission. mission to do sth The charity's mission is to ​help the homeless ​findjobs.
an important ​job that someone is given to do: Salespeople must ​fulfill the missions that ​salesmanagers have ​assigned to them.sb's mission is to do sth His mission was to ​turn the ​agency into a modern ​serviceprovider.
GOVERNMENT an important ​officialjob that a ​person or a ​group of ​people are ​sent somewhere to do: on a mission to The ​group is on mission to Boston to ​try to ​raisemoney.a trade/humanitarian/diplomatic mission Statelawmakers are preparing to ​lead an ​annual energy-focused ​trade mission to Mexico.
GOVERNMENT a ​group of ​people who are ​sent somewhere to do an ​officialjob: The United Nation's ​secretarygeneralsent a mission which ​found that both ​sides were ​violating the ​agreement.
on a mission to do sth used, often humorously, to describe someone being very ​determined to ​achieve something: He's on a mission to make the ​department more ​environmentally aware.
(Definition of mission from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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