minister

noun
min·​is·​ter | \ ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce minister (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ministering (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Giovanni Tria, the finance minister, argues that a recession in the second half of 2018 explains some of the overshoot. The Economist, "The EU edges towards punishing Italy for letting its debt rise," 6 June 2019 Boynton Methodist Church Choir will be music ministers. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Gretna Economic association helps promote locally owned businesses in city," 5 June 2019 Finance minister Bruno Le Maire plans a trip to Japan soon, one of the people added. Daniele Lepido, Fortune, "It's Not Up to Renault Anymore. Fiat Chrysler Just Withdrew Its Merger Offer," 5 June 2019 The two-week demonstration paralyzed the capital, Islamabad, leading to the sacking of a government minister and the legislation's revision. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 The visit Immediately after arriving in London, Trump and his wife will attend a black-tie dinner in Oxfordshire hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. The dinner will include 100 ministers and guests, including people from a variety of sectors. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "President Trump Is Making His First Official Visit to the U.K. on Thursday: Here's What You Should Know," 11 July 2018 They were married June 3 at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, N.J. Max Cooper, a Universal Life minister and friend of the couple, led a Jewish ceremony before 130 family members and friends. New York Times, "Side by Side and No Finish Line in Sight for Alexi Pappas," 6 July 2018 Following a final crisis meeting on Monday, after interior minister and CSU chairman Horst Seehofertendered his provisional resignation late Sunday evening, Merkel and the Bavarian achieved a breakthrough. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 The event, attended by Israeli government ministers and Knesset members, also featured guest speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, along with other dignitaries. Josh Hasten, Jewish Journal, "U.S. first-responders study methodology in Israel," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cabaret fragrance and were ministered to by make-up artists to flourish our costumes. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Sambas His Way Through Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval," 22 Mar. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce minister (audio) \

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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