Meaning of “ministry” in the English Dictionary

"ministry" in British English

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ministrynoun

uk /ˈmɪn.ɪ.stri/ us /ˈmɪn.ə.stri/

ministry noun (GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT)

C1 [ C ] in Britain and some other countries, a department of the government led by a minister:

the Ministry of Defence/Agriculture

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ministry noun (RELIGIOUS WORK)

[ U ] work as a church 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.

(Definition of “ministry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ministry" in American English

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ministrynoun

us /ˈmɪn·ə·stri/

ministry noun (POLITICIAN)

[ C ] a government department led by a minister:

All the ministries were represented at the meetingjustice, foreign affairs, economic affairs, and the interior.

ministry noun (PRIEST)

[ U ] the job of being a religious leader:

a youth ministry

(Definition of “ministry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)