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mis·sion

mission

 
 
pronunciation:
mI shn
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a group of people sent to a foreign location to establish relations and conduct trade or do diplomatic or religious work.
A Catholic mission established itself in Beijing in the thirteenth century.
synonyms:
ambassadors, delegation, deputation, diplomats, embassy, emissaries, envoys, missionaries
definition 2: the purpose guiding such a group of people.
The priests were committed to their mission of converting the people to Christianity.
synonyms:
cause, crusade
similar words:
calling, inspiration, justification, motive, purpose, reason, vocation
definition 3: any important task that one is sent to do, or a goal that one has imposed on oneself.
The astronaut's mission, in 1962, was to orbit the earth.
 
synonyms:
assignment, charge, undertaking
similar words:
detail, duty, errand, job, task
definition 4: the buildings and land used by such a group.
similar words:
church, compound, embassy
definition 5: a particular task or self-imposed duty, often religious and performed with great conviction.
similar words:
calling, observance, offering, penance, rite, sacrifice, vocation
definition 6: a place in a city, usu. in the poorer section, where homeless or destitute people can find help.
synonyms:
home, shelter
similar words:
protection, refuge
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