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Definitions for minister
ˈmɪn ə stərmin·is·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rectornoun

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"

  2. minister, government ministernoun

    a person appointed to a high office in the government

    "Minister of Finance"

  3. minister, diplomatic ministernoun

    a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador

  4. ministerverb

    the job of a head of a government department

  5. ministerverb

    attend to the wants and needs of others

    "I have to minister to my mother all the time"

  6. ministerverb

    work as a minister

    "She is ministering in an old parish"


  1. ministernoun

    A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.

    The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.

  2. ministernoun

    A politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service).

    He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.

  3. ministernoun

    At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador

  4. ministernoun

    Someone who serves others.

  5. ministerverb

    To attend to; to tend.

    A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to minister to inner-city children

  6. Etymology: From ministre, from ministre, from minister, from minor + -ter; see minor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MINISTERnoun

    Etymology: minister, Latin; ministre, Fr.

    You, whom virtue hath made the princess of felicity, be not the minister of ruin. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Rumble thy belly full; spit fire, spout rain,
    Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters;
    I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness:
    But yet I call you servile ministers,
    That have with two pernicious daughters join’d
    Your high-engender’d battles, ’gainst a head
    So old and white as this. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Th’ infernal minister advanc’d,
    Seiz’d the due victim. John Dryden, Theodore and Honoria.

    Other spirits govern’d by the will,
    Shoot through their tracks, and distant muscles fill;
    This sovereign, by his arbitrary nod,
    Restrains or sends his ministers abroad. Richard Blackmore.

    Kings must be answerable to God, but the ministers to kings, whose eyes, ears, and hands they are, must be answerable to God and man. Francis Bacon.

    Epaphras, a faithful minister of Christ. 1 Col. i. 7.

    The ministers are always preaching, and the governours putting forth edicts against dancing and gaming. Addison.

    The ministers of the gospel are especially required to shine as lights in the world, because the distinction of their station renders their conduct more observable; and the presumption of their knowledge, and the dignity of their office, gives a peculiar force and authority to their example. John Rogers.

    If wrongfully
    Let God revenge; for I may never lift
    An angry arm against his minister. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

  2. To Ministerverb

    To give; to supply; to afford.

    Etymology: ministro, Latin.

    All the customs of the Irish would minister occasion of a most ample discourse of the original and antiquity of that people. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Now he that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food and multiply your seed sown. 2 Cor. ix.

    The wounded patient bears
    The artist’s hand that ministers the cure. Thomas Otway, Orphan.

  3. To Ministerverb

    Certain of them had the charge of the ministering vessels, to bring them in and out by tale. 1 Chron. ix. 28.

    They which minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple. 1 Cor. ix. 13.

    At table Eve
    Minister’d naked, and their flowing cups
    With pleasant liquors crown’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Can’st thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,
    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain? William Shakespeare, Macb.

    Others ministered unto him of their substance. Luke viii. 3.

    He who has a soul wholly void of gratitude, should set his soul to learn of his body; for all the parts of that minister to one another. Robert South, Sermons.

    There is no truth which a man may more evidently make out than the existence of a God; yet he that shall content himself with things as they minister to us pleasures and passions, and not make enquiry a little farther into their causes and ends, may live long without any notion of such a being. John Locke.

    Those good men, who take such pleasure in relieving the miserable for Christ’s sake, would not have been less forward to minister unto Christ himself. Francis Atterbury.

    Fasting is not absolutely good, but relatively, and as it ministers to other virtues. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    Whether prophesy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministring. Rom. xii. 7.


  1. minister

    A minister is a member of government who is in charge of a specific department or branch, such as education or health, and is responsible for formulating and implementing policies related to that area. Also, in a religious context, a minister is a member of the clergy who leads a congregation or performs religious ceremonies and duties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ministernoun

    a servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument

  2. Ministernoun

    an officer of justice

  3. Ministernoun

    one to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs

  4. Ministernoun

    a representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business

  5. Ministernoun

    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

  6. Ministernoun

    to furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer

  7. Ministerverb

    to act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular

  8. Ministerverb

    to supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies

  9. Etymology: [OE. ministren, OF. ministrer, fr. L. ministrare. See Minister, n.]


  1. Minister

    A minister is a politician who holds significant public office in a national or regional government, making and implementing decisions on policies in conjunction with the other ministers. Some ministers are more senior than others, and are usually members of the government's cabinet. In some countries the head of government is designated the "prime minister". In some countries and territories, including Hong Kong, the Philippines, the UK, and the US, holders of some posts equivalent to ministries are called secretaries of state, sometimes referred to simply as secretaries. The term "minister" is also used in diplomacy with the quite different meaning of second-level diplomats. Another use, again quite distinct, is in religion, where some Christian denominations have a low-ranking office of "minister". This is distinct from a government minister with responsibility for religion, such as the Israeli Minister of Religious Services.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minister

    min′is-tėr, n. a servant: one who serves at the altar: a clergyman: one transacting business for another: the responsible head of a department of state affairs: the representative of a government at a foreign court.—v.i. to act as a servant: to perform duties: to supply or do things needful.—v.t. to furnish:—pr.p. min′istering; pa.p. min′istered.adj. Ministē′rial, pertaining to the work of a servant: acting under superior authority: pertaining to the office of a minister: clerical: executive.—n. Ministē′rialist, one who supports ministers or the government in office.—adv. Ministē′rially.—adj. Min′istering, attending and serving.—n. Ministē′rium, the body of the ordained ministers in a district.—adj. Min′istrant, administering: attendant.—n. Ministrā′tion, the act of ministering or performing service: office or service of a minister.—adj. Min′istrātive, serving to aid or assist: ministering.—ns. Min′istress, a female minister; Min′istry, act of ministering: service: office or duties of a minister: the clergy: the clerical profession: the body of ministers who manage the business of the country. [L.,—minor, less.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. minister

    A minister, though termed plenipotentiary, has no power to grant protection to vessels or cargoes otherwise subject to the operations and laws of hostilities.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. minister

    Is one who acts not by any inherent authority of his own, but under another. Thus, in England all ministers act under a supreme authority, which is vested in the sovereign, lords, and commons, to whom they are responsible. In military matters, there is not only a war minister, but a secretary at war, who likewise acts conjointly with the secretary of state. All dispatches and papers of consequence relating to the army must first pass through the secretary of state, and the war minister, before they are laid before Parliament, or otherwise acted upon by the secretary at war. The common arrangements of corps, directions with respect to marching, are transmitted to the secretary at war, and to the quartermaster-general’s office, without previously passing through the secretary of state, or war minister. See Secretary of War.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minister is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Minister surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Minister.

    85.8% or 139 total occurrences were White.
    8.6% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
    4.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #344

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1286

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Nouns Frequency: #79

Anagrams for minister »

  1. interims

  2. misinter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minister in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of minister in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Andrews:

    It shouldn't take a crisis in Sydney for the Prime Minister to take action but we are seeing the same double standard time and time again. His job is not to be the Prime Minister for NSW.

  2. Yohanan Plesner:

    . ( AP Photo/Oded Balilty) With seeming boundless energy, the 70-year-old Netanyahu has taken to the airwaves and hit the campaign trail, presenting himself to adoring audiences as a global statesman uniquely qualified to lead the country through its many complicated challenges. In recent weeks, he jetted from the White House to Moscow to bring home a young Israeli woman jailed there on drug charges, and flew to Uganda for a meeting with a leader of Sudan, a longtime enemy country. We have turned Israel into a world power, a leader in cyber technology, natural gas, water, agriculture, technology, intelligence, Netanyahu boasted at a recent campaign stop. He claims credit for a strong economy and boasts of his close relationships with world leaders, first and foremost President Donald Trump, while deriding opponent Benny Gantz as a lightweight. In a message that has drawn accusations of racism, he also accuses Gantz of plotting with Arab lawmakers to oust him. In recent days, Netanyahu and his Netanyahus Likud surrogates spread unfounded allegations claiming his opponent is corrupt, unstable and susceptible to blackmail by Iran. Benny Gantz, CITES TWO ADVISERS WHO LIKENED President Donald Trump TO HITLER Being prime minister of Israel is a complicated thing, full of pressures 24 hours a day, Netanyahu added. I dont think Benny Gantz can handle it. Benny Gantz, a former military chief of staff, has focused Benny Gantz campaign on Netanyahus character, saying a man accused of serious crimes is unfit to lead. Benny Gantz has painted Netanyahu as an out-of-touch egomaniac obsessed with remaining in power and escaping justice, while portraying Benny Gantz as a moderate alternative to the polarizing prime minister. Netanyahu, look me in the eye. Because of your obsession with evading trial, youre lying, attacking, dividing, mudslinging, spreading malicious rumors and inciting. Netanyahu, youre poisoning Israel, Gantz said last week. Netanyahu, youve lost it, and youre unworthy of being prime minister for even a single day longer. Weekend polls, the last to be published before the vote, showed Gantzs Blue and White and Netanyahus Likud party in a tight race, though Gantzs party has shown some small signs of slippage over the past week. Even so, the polls forecast both parties and their smaller partners will again fall short of securing the 61-seat majority in parliament required to form a government. The easiest way out of the deadlock would be a unity government between the two parties, which together are expected to control a solid majority in the 120-seat parliament. But Benny Gantz says Benny Gantz will only form a partnership with Netanyahus Likud if Netanyahu steps down. Netanyahu says he must remain prime minister in any unity deal. The deadlock raised the possibility of a fourth election in quick succession. Turnout of key voting groups could end up deciding the race. Weather may play a role, along with fears of the new corona virus which so far has been kept largely in check. Israel set up some 15 stations to allow voting by the hundreds of Israelis who are in home-quarantine after possible exposure to the virus. The biggest obstacle may be voter fatigue. People are fed up. They think were doomed to another gridlock, so whats the point of voting ? said Guy Ben-Porat, chairman of the department of politics and government at Israels Ben-Gurion University. I think this is the decisive factor in turnout, but I cant tell on which side it will work more. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals in which he is accused of accepting lavish gifts from wealthy friends or exchanging favors with powerful media moguls. With his trial set to start March 17, he is desperate to remain in office. As prime minister, Netanyahu can use his position to rally public support and lash out at what he claims is a vast conspiracy by police, overzealous prosecutors and a hostile media to oust him. Israeli law allows a prime minister to remain in office even if charged with a crime, while requiring other public officials to resign once indicted. While another stalemate seems to be likely, the election could still deliver surprises. Late last week, the Justice Ministry said it would open an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing by a start-up security firm that Benny Gantz chaired after leaving the military. The late-hour announcement was blasted by Gantzs supporters as politically motivated, but its not clear if its had an impact on voters. The firm, which later went out of business, is believed to have won a lucrative police contract without going through a bidding process. Benny Gantz was not named as a suspect. If Netanyahu and his allies can somehow muster a majority, it would give him a new lifeline along with hopes of passing legislation to protect him from prosecution. Gantzs road to victory is even trickier. Cobbling together a coalition would likely rely on outside support from Arab-majority parties a politically unpopular choice that Benny Gantz has ruled out. It also would likely require the support of Avigdor Lieberman, a former Netanyahu ally. Avigdor Lieberman, a wily political operator who has long caused headaches for Netanyahu, has refused to commit to either candidate. But Avigdor Lieberman also has said Avigdor Lieberman will not allow a fourth consecutive election, raising speculation Avigdor Lieberman will ultimately side with Benny Gantz. Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, Israel Democracy Institute, said that if the polls are accurate, the country could face many more months of gridlock unless someone compromises. 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  3. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    I won't have you electioneering on my doorstep. Every time you get in trouble in Parliament you run over here with your shirttail hanging out. (To Prime Minister Harold Wilson)

  4. Aristotle:

    Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. Thus, there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.

  5. Winston Churchill:

    I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

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