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Definition of mission noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    mission

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈmɪʃn//
     
     
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    official job/group
  1. 1[countable] an important official job that a person or group of people is given to do, especially when they are sent to another country a trade mission to China a fact-finding mission a mercy mission to aid homeless refugees Thesaurustaskduties mission job choreThese are all words for a piece of work that someone has to do.task a piece of work that someone has to do, especially a difficult or unpleasant one:Our first task is to set up a communications system.duties tasks that are part of your job:Your duties include data entry and record keeping.mission an important official job that a person or group of people is given to do, especially when they are sent to another country:They went on a fact-finding mission to learn more about it.job a piece of work that someone has to do:I've got various jobs around the house.task or job?A task may be more difficult than a job and require you to think carefully about how you are going to do it. A job may be something small that is one of several things that you have to do, especially in the home; or a job can be something that takes a long time and is boring and/or needs a lot of patience.chore a task that you have to do regularly, especially one that you do in the home and find unpleasant or boring:household choresPatterns the task/mission/job/chore of (doing) something (a) daily/day-to-day task/duties/job/chore (a) routine task/duties/mission/job/chore a/an easy/difficult task/mission/job/chore (a) household/domestic task/duties/job/chore to do a task/a job/the chores to finish a task/a mission/a job/the chores to give somebody a task/their duties/a mission/a job/a chore
  2. 2[countable] a group of people doing an important official job; the place where they work the head of the U.S. mission in Spain
  3. teaching Christianity
  4. 3[countable, uncountable] the work of teaching people about Christianity, especially in a foreign country; a group of people doing such work a Catholic mission in Africa
  5. 4[countable] a building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission
  6. your duty
  7. 5[countable] particular work that you feel it is your duty to do Her mission in life was to work with the homeless. synonym vocation
  8. space flight
  9. 6[countable] a flight into space a U.S. space mission mission control (= the people on Earth who control and communicate with the people on the mission)
  10. Idioms
    mission accomplished
     
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    used when you have successfully completed what you had to do