ministry

noun min·is·try \ ˈmi-nə-strē \

Definition of ministry

plural ministries
1 :ministration
  • the ingenuity of destruction … had outrun the ministry of healing
  • —Dixon Wecter
2 :the office, duties, or functions of a minister
  • was well prepared for the ministry
3 :the body of ministers of religion :clergy
  • joined the Presbyterian ministry
4 :a person or thing through which something is accomplished :agency, instrumentality
  • heroic believers become such by the ministry of heroic pain
  • —Austin Phelps
5 :the period of service or office of a minister or ministry
  • Many reforms were enacted during his ministry.
6 often capitalized
a :the body of ministers governing a nation or state from which a smaller cabinet (see 1cabinet 3b) is sometimes selected
b :the group of ministers constituting a cabinet
7 a :a government department presided over by a minister
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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.

First Known Use of ministry

14th century

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MINISTRY Defined for Kids

ministry

noun min·is·try \ ˈmi-nə-strē \

Definition of ministry for Students

plural ministries
1 :the office or duties of a religious minister
2 :a group of religious ministers :clergy
3 :a section of a government headed by a minister
  • the ministry of transportation


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