Meaning of “minister” in the English Dictionary

"minister" in British English

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ministernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɪn.ɪ.stər/ us /ˈmɪn.ə.stɚ/

minister noun [ C ] (POLITICIAN)

B2 a member of the government in Britain and many other countries who is in charge of a particular department or has an important position in it:

the foreign/health minister
the Minister of/for Education

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  • "The matter is closed, " said the health minister.
  • The minister accused his opponent of being a crypto-communist.
  • At this point in the speech, the minister departed from his prepared text.
  • The minister dodged questions about his relationship with the actress.
  • The minister was drummed out of office when it was discovered that he had been taking bribes.

(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)

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 ] us /ˌmɪn·əˈstɪr·i·əl/

Social justice 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 /ˈmɪnɪstər/ us 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.
the finance/environment/transport, etc. minister

(Definition of “minister” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)