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ministry

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noun min·is·try \ˈmi-nə-strē\

Simple Definition of ministry

  • the ministry : religious leaders as a group : ministers as a group

  • : the office, duties, or work of a religious minister

  • : a government department or the building in which it is located

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ministry

plural

ministries

  1. 1 :  ministration

  2. 2 :  the office, duties, or functions of a minister

  3. 3 :  the body of ministers of religion :  clergy

  4. 4 :  a person or thing through which something is accomplished :  agency, instrumentality

  5. 5 :  the period of service or office of a minister or ministry

  6. 6 often capitalized a :  the body of ministers governing a nation or state from which a smaller cabinet is sometimes selected b :  the group of ministers constituting a cabinet

  7. 7 a :  a government department presided over by a minister b :  the building in which the business of a ministry is transacted

Examples of ministry in a sentence

  1. a member of the ministry

  2. She learned a lot during her first year of ministry.



14th Century

First Known Use of ministry

14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



MINISTRY Defined for Kids

ministry

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noun min·is·try \ˈmi-nə-strē\

Definition of ministry for Students

plural

ministries

  1. 1 :  the office or duties of a religious minister

  2. 2 :  a group of religious ministers :  clergy

  3. 3 :  a section of a government headed by a minister <the ministry of transportation>





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