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Meaning of “minister” in the English Dictionary

"minister" in British English

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ministernoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.stər/  us   /-stɚ/
  • minister noun [C] (POLITICIAN)

B2 a ​member of the ​government in ​Britain and many other ​countries who is in ​charge of a ​particulardepartment or has an ​importantposition in it: the ​foreign/​health minister the Minister of/for Education

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  • minister noun [C] (IN CHURCH)

a ​religiousleader in ​certainChristianchurches: a minister at the ​localBaptistchurch

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  • minister noun [C] (COUNTRY'S REPRESENTATIVE)

specialized politics a ​person below the ​rank of ​ambassador whose ​job is to ​represent his or her ​country in a ​foreigncountry: the ​Belgian minister in Madrid
(Definition of minister from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minister" in American English

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ministernoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɪn·ə·stər/
  • minister noun [C] (PRIEST)

(in ​variousChristianchurches) a ​person who ​leadsreligiousceremonies
  • minister noun [C] (POLITICIAN)

(in many ​countries) a high ​governmentofficial who is in ​charge of or has an ​importantposition in a ​particulardepartment: the ​foreign minister
ministerial
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌmɪn·əˈstɪr·i·əl/
Socialjustice has ​concerned him since his first ministerial ​assignment.

ministerverb [I]

 us   /ˈmɪn·ə·stər/
  • minister verb [I] (PRIEST)

to give ​help to or ​care for ​people: He ​began ministering to ​prisoners.
(Definition of minister from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minister" in Business English

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ministernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪstər/ GOVERNMENT
a ​member of the ​government who is in ​charge of a particular ​department or has an important ​position in it: The new ​factory was ​opened by the minister of ​trade. thefinance/​environment/​transport, etc. minister
(Definition of minister from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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