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

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And, of course, the government is out in full force, represented by an impressive bevy of ministers: exterior, planning, communications and information technology, social solidarity, and antiquities, among others. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 The comments came during a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, ahead of a conference of NATO defense ministers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Did a U.S. Official Threaten an Attack on Russia?," 2 Oct. 2018 Some of the senior minister’s concerns are shared within Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and Conservative Party. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Worries About What Trump Could Promise Putin," 28 June 2018 Efforts to reach an attorney for Mr. El Aissami, now Venezuela’s minister of industry and national production, were unsuccessful. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Former Venezuelan Vice President Charged With Violating Sanctions," 8 Mar. 2019 Inger Støjberg, minister for immigration and integration, said in a post on her official Facebook page that endorsed the plan to establish an island deportation center. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Danes Spar Over Island to House Deportees," 4 Dec. 2018 Seehofer, who leads the CSU, became interior minister after giving up his previous job as Bavarian governor following last year's national election. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute," 24 Sep. 2018 Schauvliege was the environment minister for northern Belgium’s Flanders, the biggest, most populous and richest area of Belgium. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "Belgian climate minister resigns after protest march scandal," 6 Feb. 2019 Only three churches—including Fellowship—were allowed to continue meeting in hotels following an appeal to Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family who has been the country’s minister of tolerance since 2017. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "In Arab Nation, Christians, Buddhists and Jews Emerge to Worship," 27 Jan. 2019

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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 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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