- The definition of a minister is a person chosen to carry out given orders or church functions.
- An example of a minister is someone appointed by a government to lead a governmental department.
- An example of a minister is the person authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in a church.
- Minister is defined as to provide or give help.
An example of to minister is a therapist giving advice to a client.
A minister performing a wedding ceremony.
- a person acting for another as agent and carrying out given orders or designs; specif.,
- a person appointed by the head of a government to take charge of some department
- a diplomatic officer sent to a foreign nation to represent his or her government, usually ranking below an ambassador
- anyone authorized to carry out or assist in the spiritual functions of a church
- an ordained member of a Protestant church; esp., a pastor
- the superior of certain Roman Catholic religious orders
- a person or thing thought of as serving as the agent of some power, force, etc.: a minister of evil
Origin of ministerOld French ministre ; from Classical Latin minister, an attendant, servant, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin Christian preacher ; from base of Classical Latin minor, minor: formed probably after magister, master
- to supply; provide
- to administer
Origin of ministerME ministren < OFr ministrer < L ministrare
- to serve as a minister in a church
- to give help (to)
- a. One who is authorized to perform religious functions in a Christian church, especially a Protestant church.b. Roman Catholic Church The superior in certain orders.
- A high officer of state appointed to head an executive or administrative department of government.
- An authorized diplomatic representative of a government, usually ranking next below an ambassador.
- A person serving as an agent for another by carrying out specified orders or functions.
verbmin·is·tered, min·is·ter·ing, min·is·ters
- To attend to the wants and needs of others: Volunteers ministered to the homeless after the flood. See Synonyms at tend2.
- To perform the functions of a cleric.
Origin of ministerMiddle English, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister, servant; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.
- The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.
- A politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service).
- He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.
- At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador.
- A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.
(third-person singular simple present ministers, present participle ministering, simple past and past participle ministered)