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minister

noun [C]  /ˈmɪn·ə·stər/ us  

minister noun [C] (PRIEST)

(in various Christian churches) a person who leads religious ceremonies

minister noun [C] (POLITICIAN)

(in many countries) a high government official who is in charge of or has an important position in a particular department: the foreign minister
ministerial
adjective [not gradable]  /ˌmɪn·əˈstɪr·i·əl/ us  
Social justice has concerned him since his first ministerial assignment.

minister

verb [I]  /ˈmɪn·ə·stər/ us  

minister verb [I] (PRIEST)

to give help to or care for people: He began ministering to prisoners.
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