mis|sion|ar|y «MIHSH uh NEHR ee», noun, plural -ar|ies, adjective.
1. a person sent on the work of a religious mission: »

the missionary went to Africa to convert people to Christianity.

2. a person who works to advance some cause or idea.
3. Obsolete. an emissary.
1. of religious missions or missionaries: »

missionary enthusiasm.

2. sent on a mission; engaged in missionary work: »

a missionary priest, a missionary society.

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