from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of serving or aiding.
  • n. The act of performing the duties of a cleric.

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  • n. the act of ministering

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ministering; service; ministry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ministering or serving; service.
  • n. Administration; agency; intervention for aid or service.
  • n. A religious service or other function.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. assistance in time of difficulty


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ministrātiō, ministrātiōn-, from ministrātus, past participle of ministrāre, to serve, from minister, servant; see minister.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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