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Meaning of MINISTER

Pronunciation:  'ministur

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

MINISTER is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: curate, diplomatic minister, government minister, parson, pastor, rector
 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             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.''
    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.
    Syn: Delegate; official; ambassador; clergyman; parson;
  2. \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.
          We minister to God reason to suspect us. --Jer. Taylor.
  3. \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
             The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but
             to minister.                          --Matt. xx.
    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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or dreaming that you are a minister, suggest that you need to be more compassionate and understanding in some situation or relationship. Alternatively, it indicates that you have overstep your boundaries and into another's rights.
Easton Bible Dictionary

one who serves, as distinguished from the master. (1.) Heb. meshereth, applied to an attendant on one of superior rank, as to Joshua, the servant of Moses (Ex. 33:11), and to the servant of Elisha (2 Kings 4:43). This name is also given to attendants at court (2 Chr. 22:8), and to the priests and Levites (Jer. 33:21; Ezek. 44:11).

(2.) Heb. pelah (Ezra 7:24), a "minister" of religion. Here used of that class of sanctuary servants called "Solomon's servants" in Ezra 2:55-58 and Neh. 7:57-60.

(3.) Greek leitourgos, a subordinate public administrator, and in this sense applied to magistrates (Rom. 13:6). It is applied also to our Lord (Heb. 8:2), and to Paul in relation to Christ (Rom. 15:16).

(4.) Greek hyperetes (literally, "under-rower"), a personal attendant on a superior, thus of the person who waited on the officiating priest in the synagogue (Luke 4:20). It is applied also to John Mark, the attendant on Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:5).

(5.) Greek diaconos, usually a subordinate officer or assistant employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel, as to Paul and Apollos (1 Cor. 3:5), Tychicus (Eph. 6:21), Epaphras (Col. 1:7), Timothy (1 Thess. 3:2), and also to Christ (Rom. 15:8).

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