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Definitions of minister

  1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
  2. a person appointed to a high office in the government; " Minister of Finance"
  3. attend to the wants and needs of others; " I have to minister to my mother all the time"
  4. ( British) the job of a head of a government department
  5. work as a minister; " She is ministering in an old parish"
  6. A clergyman.
  7. A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.
  8. An officer of justice.
  9. One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs.
  10. A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business.
  11. 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.
  12. To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer.
  13. To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular.
  14. To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies.
  15. One intrusted by the head of a government with the direction of affairs of state; an ambassador sent to a foreign government; a clergyman or pastor of a church.
  16. To serve; to give aid by doing helpful things; to serve as pastor of a church.
  17. To attend, as a servant: to perform duties: to give things needful.
  18. To furnish: - pr. p. ministering; pa. p. ministered.
  19. A servant; clergyman; agent; manager of state affairs; representative of a government at a foreign court.
  20. To attend.
  21. To supply.
  22. To attend; contribute.
  23. To perform a rite of worship.
  24. The head of a governmental department; the representative of a foreign government.
  25. A servant; agent.
  26. A servant; an agent who transacts business under the authority of another; one intrusted with the direction of affairs of state; the representative of a government at a foreign court; one who serves at the altar; a elergyman who is the paster of a church.
  27. To give; to supply.
  28. To perform service in any office, sacred or secular; to afford supplies; to give medicines.
  29. A pastor; a clergyman; in any country, the head of a department of government appointed by the sovereign; a sovereign's representative at a foreign state, but without the dignity of an ambassador.
  30. To give aid or relief, as to the sick or poor; to perform, as the duties of an office.

Usage examples for minister

  1. I suppose as a Christian minister I ought to be,- but I'm not! – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  2. No minister ever stayed in Danbridge longer than he could help. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  3. The second minister was the old Recorder, Mr. Conscience, for whom, as was said, a new office had been provided. – Bunyan by James Anthony Froude
  4. She didn't know where to find the minister as married 'em, and so her husband's own father turned her out of doors. – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  5. They have put a new minister in his place. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  6. If your old minister comes- to see you, I should like to hear him talk. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  7. No, Bishop, said his brother minister, kindly, you have not. – The Mystery of Monastery Farm by H. R. Naylor
  8. I would minister to him. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  9. The time had arrived when I thought the Minister and I ought to come to an understanding. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  10. " Nephew Septimius," said the old woman, " you began this meal to- day without asking a blessing, you get up from it without giving thanks, and you soon to be a minister of the Word." – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  11. But it 's no a minister I wad hae yer lordship confar wi'. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  12. Finally the minister straightened up: I'm afraid you won't go many miles to- night. – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  13. He was no minister of love, not he! – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  14. That minister came forward to meet him, with a strange excitement in his face. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. He had not left his room yet, but he needed no longer the steady attendance of some one bound to minister to his wants. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  16. And, of course, if we ask her, all the family she's staying with ought to be invited, and we've never had the new minister and his wife here to eat. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  17. It was a favorite dream of my childhood that I would be a minister. – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  18. Walpole, however, was a minister of a different order. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  19. God helping me, I mean to be a minister. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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