mission noun

1 important task

ADJ. joint a joint Anglo-American mission | secret | dangerous | suicide | fact-finding | reconnaissance | bombing, combat, military | mercy, (search and) rescue | peacekeeping | diplomatic

VERB + MISSION carry out, conduct, go on, undertake | accomplish, complete Our mission accomplished, we headed for home. | dispatch sb on, give, send sb on sending an aid team on a mercy mission to the earthquake zone | abandon, abort (especially of military missions) The captain instructed them to abort the mission. | fly (on) (used of military planes) He flew a total of 41 missions over Britain.

MISSION + VERB end in failure, fail Their mission ended in failure. | be a success, succeed

PREP. on a/the ~ He was often out of the office on various missions.

PHRASES mission impossible Many regard his task as mission impossible.

2 team sent to perform a task

ADJ. diplomatic, military, trade

VERB + MISSION establish, set up | send

PREP. ~ to The US is sending a trade mission to China.

3 space journey

ADJ. shuttle, space, spacecraft | manned

VERB + MISSION go on, make He's been on several shuttle missions over the last decade. | abort

MISSION + NOUN control The spacecraft lost contact with mission control.

PREP. on a/the ~ experiments conducted on a space mission | ~ to a successful spacecraft mission to Venus

4 special aim

VERB + MISSION have He now has a mission in life: to expand the horizons of those around him.

PHRASES a man/woman with a mission You can tell by the determined way he talks that he is a man with a mission. | a sense of mission A powerful sense of mission underpins everything he does.

5 place where people work to help others

ADJ. Christian

VERB + MISSION establish, found | run

MISSION + NOUN work | hospital, school