• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (GA) enPR mĭshʹən, IPA: /ˈmɪʃ(ə)n/


  1. (countable) A set of tasks that fulfills a purpose or duty; an assignment set by an employer, or by oneself.
  2. (uncountable) Religious evangelism.
  3. (in the plural, "the missions") third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
  4. (countable) (Catholic tradition) an infrequent gathering of religious believers in a parish, usually part of a larger regional event with a central theme.
  5. A number of people appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
      In these ships there should be a mission of three of the fellows or brethren of Solomon's house.
  6. (obsolete) dismissal; discharge from service
  7. A settlement or building serving as a base for missionary work.
    Many cities across the Americas grew from Spanish missions.
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mission (missions, present participle missioning; past and past participle missioned)

  1. (transitive) To send on a mission.
  2. do missionary work, proselytize

Proper noun
  1. A district municipality in British Columbia, Canada.

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