Definition of Minister

1. Noun. A person authorized to conduct religious worship. "Clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"

Exact synonyms: Curate, Minister Of Religion, Parson, Pastor, Rector
Generic synonyms: Clergyman, Man Of The Cloth, Reverend
Specialized synonyms: Ministrant
Derivative terms: Ministerial, Pastoral, Pastorship

2. Verb. Attend to the wants and needs of others. "I have to minister to my mother all the time"
Generic synonyms: Attend, Look, See, Take Care
Derivative terms: Ministrant, Ministration

3. Noun. A person appointed to a high office in the government. "Minister of Finance"

4. Verb. Work as a minister. "She is ministering in an old parish"
Generic synonyms: Work
Derivative terms: Ministrant

5. Noun. A diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador.
Exact synonyms: Diplomatic Minister
Generic synonyms: Diplomat, Diplomatist
Derivative terms: Ministerial

6. Noun. The job of a head of a government department.
Generic synonyms: Public Service
Specialized synonyms: Cabinet Minister
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Derivative terms: Ministerial

Definition of Minister

1. n. A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.

2. v. t. To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer.

3. v. i. To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular.

Definition of Minister

1. Noun. A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church. ¹

2. Noun. A politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service). ¹

3. Noun. At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador ¹

4. Noun. Someone who serves others. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To attend to; to tend. ¹

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Definition of Minister

1. to give aid or service [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Minister

1. To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer. "He that ministereth seed to the sower." (2 Cor. Ix. 10) "We minister to God reason to suspect us." (Jer. Taylor) Origin: OE. Ministren, OF. Ministrer, fr. L. Ministrare. See Minister. 1. To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular. "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." (Matt. Xx. 28) 2. To supply or to things needful; especially, to supply consolation or remedies. "Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased?" (Shak) 1. A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument. "Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua." (Ex. Xxiv. 13) "I chose Camillo for the minister, to poison My friend Polixenes." (Shak) 2. An officer of justice. "I cry out the on the ministres, quod he, That shoulde keep and rule this cite." (Chaucer) 3. One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs. "Ministers to kings, whose eyes, ears, and hands they are, must be answerable to God and man." (Bacon) 4. A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business. Ambassadors are classed (in the diplomatic sense) in the first rank of public ministers, ministers plenipotentiary in the second. "The United States diplomatic service employs two classes of ministers, ministers plenipotentiary and ministers resident." 5. One who serves at the altar; one who performs sacerdotal duties; the pastor of a church duly authorised or licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments. Synonym: Delegate, official, ambassador, clergyman, parson, priest. Origin: OE. Ministre, F. Ministre, fr. L. Minister, orig. A double comparative from the root of minor less, and hence meaning, an inferior, a servant. See 1st Minor, and cf. Master, Minstrel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Minister

minister (current term)
minister of finance
minister plenipotentiary
minister without portfolio

Literary usage of Minister

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1. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1919)
"POLAND: M. Roman Dmowski, President of the Polish National Committee; name of other delegate not on record. PORTUGAL : Dr. Egas Moniz, Deputy, minister of ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"17L>UX minister, was born in 1658 or 1659, and ¡ studied at St. Andrews University, but,quar- ¡ relling with Archbishop Sharp, he had to leave the ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1853)
"The fall of a minister is a very trifling incident in the general history of the empire; but it was hastened by an extraordinary circumstance, which proved ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"He was recalled in 1764, and in 1789, when the Revolution broke out, Louis XVI appointed him minister of War; at the same time he received the command of ..."

5. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster, Edward Everett (1851)
"I voted for the appointment of all the gentlemen who composed the first cabinet; I have opposed no nomination of a foreign minister; and I have not opposed ..."

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