Definitions for: Minister

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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;

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.

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.

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

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