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ministry

noun uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.stri/ us  

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.
Translations of “ministry”
in Korean 정부의 부서, 목사의 직무…
in Arabic وِزارة…
in Portuguese ministério…
in Catalan ministeri, servei…
in Japanese (政府の)省, 聖職者の仕事…
in Italian ministero…
in Chinese (Traditional) 政府部門, (政府的)部…
in Russian министерство…
in Turkish bakanlık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 政府部门, (政府的)部…
in Polish ministerstwo…
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