minister meaning

[ 'ministə ] Pronunciation:   "minister" in a sentence
  • Noun: minister  ministu(r)
    1. A person authorized to conduct religious worship
      "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"
      - curate, minister of religion, parson, pastor, rector 
    2. A person appointed to a high office in the government
      "Minister of Finance"
      - government minister 
    3. A diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
      - diplomatic minister 
    4. [Brit] The job of a head of a government department
    Verb: minister  ministu(r)
    1. Attend to the wants and needs of others
      "I have to minister to my mother all the time" 
    2. Work as a minister
      "She is ministering in an old parish"

    Derived forms: ministered, ministering, ministers

    See also: ministerial, ministrant, ministration

    Type of: attend, clergyman, diplomat, diplomatist, exec, executive, executive director, look, man of the cloth, public service, reverend, see, take care, work

    Encyclopedia: Minister

  • [Law]
    n. A person (by constitutional convention a member of either House of Parliament) appointed to government office by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister. He may be a senior minister in charge of a department (normally styled Secretary of State but sometimes Minister), a senior minister without specific departmental responsibilities le.g. the lord Privy Seal or a Minister without Portfolio), or a junior minister assisting in departmental business (a Minister of State or a Parliamentary Secretary or Under-Secretary). In the Treasury the ministerial ranks are Chancellor of the Exchequer, Chief Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Ministers of State.


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  1. the late prime minister attended the ceremony.
  2. the minister issued a statement to the press.
  3. the minister became rich through graft.
  4. prime minister was supplanted by his rival.
  5. the minister incurred the king 's disfavour.

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