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noun mission pronunciation in British English /ˈmɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an important piece of work that a person or group of people has to do for a government or large organization, especially one that involves travel
    The President leaves for a trade mission to the Middle East.
    a cultural/fact-finding/rescue mission
    1. a.
      a group of people sent to do an important piece of work
      The UN peacekeeping mission has arrived in the capital.
  2. 2
    [countable] a military operation, especially one by aircraft
    He was shot down during a mission over the Balkans.
  3. 3
    [countable] a flight into space
    the possibility of a manned mission to Mars
  4. 4
    [singular] an aim that is very important to a person or organization
    mission in life (=a personal goal): Helping homeless people was Gina’s mission in life.
    mission to do something: It is the international community’s mission to end terrorism.


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