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English definition of “ministry”

ministry

noun uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.stri/ us  

ministry noun (GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT)

C1 [C] a department of the government led by a minister: the Ministry of Defence/Agriculture

ministry noun (PRIEST'S WORK)

[U] work as a minister: He practised a preaching and teaching ministry there for over 40 years. the ministry the job of being a priest: In 1985 he decided to go into/leave the ministry.
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