from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is authorized to perform religious functions in a Christian church, especially a Protestant church.
- n. Roman Catholic Church The superior in certain orders.
- n. A high officer of state appointed to head an executive or administrative department of government.
- n. An authorized diplomatic representative of a government, usually ranking next below an ambassador.
- n. A person serving as an agent for another by carrying out specified orders or functions.
- intransitive v. To attend to the wants and needs of others: Volunteers ministered to the homeless after the flood. See Synonyms at tend2.
- intransitive v. To perform the functions of a cleric.
- transitive v. To administer or dispense (a sacrament, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.
- n. A politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service).
- n. At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador
- n. Someone who serves others.
- v. To attend to; to tend.
- v. (archaic) To afford, to give, to supply.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.
- n. An officer of justice.
- n. One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs.
- n. A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular.
- intransitive v. To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies.
- transitive v. To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To furnish, supply, or afford; give; serve: as, to minister consolation.
- To perform; render.
- Synonyms Administer, Minister. See administer.
- To act as a minister or attendant; perform service of any kind.
- To afford supplies; give things needful; furnish means of relief or remedy.
- To contribute; be of service.
- To serve.
- Synonyms Administer to, Minister to (see administer), contribute to, serve, assist, help, succor, wait upon.
- n. One who performs service for another, or executes another's will; one who is subservient; an agent, servant, or attendant.
- n. One who acts as a medium or dispenser; an administrator or promoter: as, a minister of God's will, of justice, etc.; a minister of peace or charity.
- n. In politics: One of the persons appointed by the sovereign or chief magistrate of a country as the responsible heads of the different departments of the government; a minister of state: as, the minister of foreign affairs, of the interior, of finance, of war. of justice, etc.
- n. A diplomatic representative of a country abroad; a person accredited by the executive authority of one country to that of another as its agent for communication and the transaction of business between the two governments; specifically, the political representative of a state in another state, in contradistinction to an ambassador, who holds a nominally higher rank as in general the personal representative of the sovereign or chief of the state at the court of another sovereign.
- n. Eccles., in the New Testament, a servant of God, God's word, Christ, or the church; an officer of the church; an attendant or assistant (Acts xiii. 5): translating
διάκονος(whence deacon), but sometimes λειτουργός(liturge) or ὑπηρέτης(an assistant); hence, any member of the ministry.
- n. An officer of justice.
- n. The catfish, Amiurus nebulosus: apparently so called from the silvery white throat, contrasting with the dark back, and likened to a clergyman's white necktie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attend to the wants and needs of others
- n. the job of a head of a government department
- v. work as a minister
- n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
- n. a person appointed to a high office in the government
- n. a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
The author and the minister did their parts in the ordinary pursuit of their vocations; but the _author_ did his part impersonally and indirectly, whilst the _minister_ did his part personally and face to face.
Granet, _the gentleman who will become a minister_; well, Prangins is the gentleman who would be a minister, but who never will be!
REFILING: LEAD: Kan to name Noda as finance minister, Renho as consumer minister+
LEAD: Kan to name Noda as finance minister, Renho as consumer minister+
But even as the prime minister was promoting his team as the best one to haul Britain out of recession yesterday, Caroline Flint, the Europe minister, reversed her decision to stay loyal and announced she was standing down.
2ND LD: Kan to name Noda as finance minister, Renho as consumer minister+
4TH LD: Kan to name Noda as finance minister, Renho as consumer minister+
4TH LD: Kan to replace Fujii as Japan's next finance minister+ minister, Naoto Kan, is a fiery ruling party heavyweight who faces the tough task of trying to stimulate the
No – I am not; a 'minister' is but a servant; what we call a minister, is but in a more emphatic degree the servant of all.
Our language conflates the act of ministry with the title minister