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 The resumption of coordination was announced on Twitter by Hussein al-Sheikh, a Palestinian Authority minister who oversees relations with Israel and is one of Mr. Abbas’s closest advisers. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, "Reassured by Biden Win, Palestinians Will Resume Cooperation With Israel," 17 Nov. 2020 In those days, a minister or governor could declare a Thanksgiving at any time as a way to thank God for something good that had happened, Forrest says. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?," 13 Nov. 2020 Undeterred, Delgatti proceeded to hack the Telegram account of a key Bolsonaro cabinet minister, economy czar Paulo Guedes. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 Making temporary residents permanent will address Canada’s short-term needs to respond to Covid-19 and help the country address the longer-term demographic challenges, the minister said. Kait Bolongaro, Bloomberg.com, "Canada Expands Citizenship to Foreigners in Bid to Stem Exodus," 4 Nov. 2020 James Cleverly, a foreign-office minister, was the first black chairman of the Conservative Party. The Economist, "Politics The Conservative Party’s changing stance on race," 31 Oct. 2020 The head of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel has sent a letter to Netanyahu and Zeev Elkin, a Cabinet minister involved in the decision, arguing against Eitam’s candidacy without mentioning him by name, Haaretz reported. sun-sentinel.com, "Man nominated to lead Yad Vashem called ‘unfit’ for job," 27 Oct. 2020 But on Monday, a minister of the government of Malta, the Mediterranean island where Attenborough found the fossil while on vacation in the late 1960s, said it should be returned and displayed in a museum, The Times of Malta reported. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Why Is Prince George's Gifted Shark Tooth Fossil Causing a Stir?," 29 Sep. 2020 The suspect arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity was still being verified, the minister said. Angela Charlton, Star Tribune, "Official: Paris stabbing suspect targeted Charlie Hebdo," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brandner said a diocesan official told him Highfill would no longer be allowed to publicly minister in Las Vegas. Ramon Antonio Vargas, NOLA.com, "After years of accusations, this retired New Orleans priest is now on a clergy abuse list," 19 Aug. 2020 Haraszthy promised Inama 100 acres of free land to build a church and school, which led Inama to minister in communities throughout the area, including those in what are now Sauk, Iowa, Jefferson, Dodge, Juneau and Waukesha counties. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, "A temporary view in Roxbury as its church gets an upgrade," 17 Aug. 2020 The withholding of public facilities and the refusal to allow a church to minister as a result of a social media ‘like’ implicates freedom of speech in a profound way. al, "Sessions calls on Birmingham agencies to reverse ban on Church of the Highlands," 10 June 2020 Green said the 82-year-old Baptist church has been busy ministering and offering comfort to its members who have been impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. NBC News, "Harlem church mourning 11 members who died from COVID-19," 8 Apr. 2020 Across the country, clergy of all religious traditions are struggling to do some of the most challenging and most personal parts of their job in a time of new restrictions on in-person gatherings: ministering to the sick, the dying and the bereaved. Julie Zauzmer, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. clergy minister to the sick and dying via FaceTime and Zoom," 2 Apr. 2020 As Italy remains on lockdown until at least April 3, priests across this overwhelmingly Catholic country are being forced to look for alternative ways to minister to their flocks. Francesca Berardi / Turin, Time, "Italy's Catholic Priests Are Finding New Ways to Lead Worship During the Lockdown," 17 Mar. 2020 Torres said the church mollified his family by misleading them about the steps taken to curtail Pinal’s ability to minister. Katie Zavadski, ProPublica, "Dozens of Catholic Priests Credibly Accused of Abuse Found Work Abroad, Some With the Church’s Blessing," 14 Mar. 2020 His love and compassion for God’s children was his drive to travel around the world to minister to those who were willing to listen. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Myron Emmanuel Lett, COGIC elder, dead from the coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minister. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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minister

noun
How to pronounce minister (audio)

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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