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Minister

Minister Meaning & Definition
Minister Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Minister?

[n] (British) the job of a head of a government department
[n] a person authorized to conduct religious worship
[n] a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
[n] a person appointed to a high office in the government; "Minister of Finance"
[v] work as a minister
[v] attend to the wants and needs of others; "I have to minister to my mother all the time"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Minister: curate | diplomatic minister | government minister | parson | pastor | rector

Related Terms | Find terms related to Minister: abbe | accommodate | administer the Eucharist | agent | aid | alderman | ambassador | ambassadress | anoint | apostolic delegate | archon | assist | attache | bailie | burghermaster | burgomaster | cabinet member | cabinet minister | care for | career diplomat | chancellor | chaplain | charge | chrism | churchman | city councilman | city father | city manager | clergyman | clergywoman | cleric | clerical | clerk | commercial attache | commissar | commissary | commissionaire | commissioner | confirm | consul | consul general | consular agent | councillor | councilman | councilwoman | county commissioner | county supervisor | curate | cure | DD | dean | delegate | diplomat | diplomatic | diplomatic agent | diplomatist | divine | do duty | Doctor of Divinity | ecclesiastic | elder | emissary | envoy | envoy extraordinary | evangelist | father | foreign service officer | headman | help | herald | Holy Joe | impose | induna | internuncio | lay hands on | legate | legislator | look after | lord mayor | magistrate | maire | man of God | mayor | messenger | military attache | military chaplain | minister of state | minister plenipotentiary | minister resident | minister to | missionary | nuncio | officiate | padre | parson | pastor | perform a rite | perform service | plenipotentiary | portreeve | preacher | priest | rector | reeve | resident | reverend | secretary | secretary of legation | secretary of state | see to | selectman | servant of God | serve | shepherd | sky pilot | supervisor | supply | supply clergy | supply minister | support | syndic | the Reverend | the very Reverend | tonsured cleric | undersecretary | vicar | vice-consul | vice-legate | wait on | warden

See Also | Ahmed Zoki Yamani | attend | cabinet minister | cabinet minister | clergyman | diplomat | diplomatist | executive | executive director | finance minister | foreign minister | Haman | look | man of the cloth | minister of finance | ministrant | public service | reverend | secretary of state | see | take care | work | Yamani

Minister In Webster's Dictionary

\Min"is*ter\, n. [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}.] 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. [Obs.] I cry out the on the ministres, quod he, That shoulde keep and rule this cit['e]. --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. Note: 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.'' --Abbott. 5. One who serves at the altar; one who performs sacerdotal duties; the pastor of a church duly authorized or licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments. --Addison. Syn: Delegate; official; ambassador; clergyman; parson; priest.
\Min"is*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ministered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ministering}.] [OE. ministren, OF. ministrer, fr. L. ministrare. See {Minister}, n.] 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.
\Min"is*ter\, v. i. 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; esp., to supply consolation or remedies. --Matt. xxv. 44. Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased? --Shak.

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