minister

noun
min·​is·​ter | \ ˈmi-nə-stər \

Definition of minister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : agent the angels are ministers of the divine will— H. P. Liddon
2a : one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship
b : a clergyman or clergywoman especially of a Protestant communion
3a : the superior (see superior entry 2 sense 1) of one of several religious orders

called also minister-general

b : the assistant to the rector or the bursar of a Jesuit house
4 : a high officer of state entrusted with the management of a division of governmental activities the British Minister of Defence
5a : a diplomatic representative (such as an ambassador) accredited to the court (see court entry 1 sense 1c) or seat of government of a foreign state
b : a diplomatic representative ranking below an ambassador

minister

verb
ministered; ministering\ ˈmi-​nə-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of minister (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to function as a minister of religion
2 : to give aid or service minister to the sick

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Examples of minister in a Sentence

Noun

the British ministers at the international peace conference our minister gives an interesting sermon every week

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Another photo falsely claimed that a former finance minister said ballot boxes were ordered to defraud the election, which Aos Fatos also debunked Oct. 7. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook keeps asking for our trust even as it loses control of our data," 13 Oct. 2018 Sometime after her first husband came out of the closet, she got ordained as a minister to marry LGBTQ couples. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 Jaz Sinclair is Rosalind Walker: Paper Towns alum Jaz Sinclaire will play Sabrina's empowered and outspoken bestie and the daughter of Greendale’s minister. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, ""The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina": Everything We Know About the Dark Reimagining of a Magical Classic," 30 July 2018 His bill, however, only mentions ministers and religious entities, not businesses. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "'Pastor Protection Act' passed by the Ohio House," 29 June 2018 Crucially, over the weekend, two senior MPs and former ministers from either side of the Brexit divide in the Conservative Party joined forces to urge their fellow MPs to back the government in the Commons votes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jane Merrick, CNN, "Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later," 11 June 2018 His call came as the two-week meeting in Katowice shifted from the technical to political phase, with ministers taking over negotiations. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks," 12 Dec. 2018 Similarly, French culture minister Franck Riester told the radio outlet TRL that the Louvre, the Orsay museum, and the Grand Palais will also be closed on Saturday. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Plan to Close Amid Protests in Paris," 7 Dec. 2018 The Interior minister was among those who arrived at the cave entrance by motorcade. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hawke delivers a strong melancholy variation on his familiar emotional cool as Reverend Toller, a former military chaplain now ministering to a handful of congregants at a faded antique church in upstate New York. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader," 25 May 2018 Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state's 3.2 million Catholics. Fox News, "The Latest: Report IDs over 1,000 victims of priest abuse," 2 Oct. 2018 But the Argentine pontiff clearly believes that emphasizing a poor church ministering to the world’s outcasts is a more authentic, appealing — and ultimately evangelizing — global message than a defense of orthodoxy and Europe’s Christian roots. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "As Ireland joins Europe’s sprint from Catholic fold, Francis looks south," 27 May 2018 Rollenhagen, who has ministered at Faith for more than seven years, said discussions about consolidation were ongoing and became more focused about a year ago. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Good Soil Lutheran Ministries sprouts from consolidation of Faith, Our Savior's congregations," 26 Feb. 2018 Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett, who is on the mission trip, was quoted by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) saying the group conducted service projects in Haiti this week, ministering to the people of Haiti and educating them about clean water. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Members of Troy church stranded as protests break out in Haiti," 9 July 2018 The uncertainty has set up the possibility of a sharp move in crude prices—in either direction—when OPEC ministers finally announce their decision, slated for early Friday. Summer Said, WSJ, "OPEC, Russia Promise More Oil, but Can They Pump Enough?," 20 June 2018 Pedro Duque -- who's been an astronaut since 1992 and was the first Spaniard to go into space -- will serve as the science, innovation and universities minister in Spain's new government. Laura Smith-spark And Elena Gyldenkerne, CNN, "Astronaut Pedro Duque appointed to Spain's new Cabinet," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of minister

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minister

Noun

Middle English ministre "servant, ecclesiastic, priest, official serving a superior, agent," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin minister "servant, ecclesiastic (short for Deī minister "servant of god"), agent, official," going back to Latin, "servant, priest's attendant, agent," formed from minor-, minus "less, lesser" (with the suffix of location and opposition -ter) after magister "manager, master entry 1" — more at minus entry 1

Verb

Middle English ministren, borrowed from Anglo-French ministrer, borrowed from Latin ministrāre "to act as a servant, serve, supply" (Late Latin, "to serve as an ecclesiastic"), derivative of minister "servant, minister entry 1"

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minister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minister

: a person whose job involves leading church services, performing religious ceremonies (such as marriages), and providing spiritual or religious guidance to other people : a member of the clergy in some Protestant churches

: an official who heads a government department or a major section of a department in some countries (such as Britain)

: a person who represents his or her own government while living in a foreign country

minister

noun
min·​is·​ter | \ ˈmi-nə-stər \

Kids Definition of minister

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who performs religious ceremonies especially in Protestant church services
2 : a government official at the head of a section of government activities minister of education
3 : a person who represents his or her government in a foreign country

minister

verb
ministered; ministering

Kids Definition of minister (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give help or care minister to the sick

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