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"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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  • minister noun [C] (IN CHURCH)

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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 foreign country: 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)

  • 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   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. the finance/environment/transport, etc. minister
(Definition of minister from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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