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minister

min·is·ter

minister

 
 
pronunciation:
mI nih str
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person authorized to perform or assist with religious ceremony and worship; pastor.
I thought the minister preached a good sermon today.Our church is looking for a new minister.
 
synonyms:
cleric, ecclesiastic, reverend
similar words:
abbé, chaplain, clergyman, curé, curate, dean, divine, evangelist, father, missionary, parson, pastor, preacher, priest, rabbi, rector, revivalist, vicar
definition 2: (often cap.) in European nations, Canada, and elsewhere, a government official who directs a department.
She will be the new Minister of the Interior.
similar words:
dignitary, official, premier, prime minister, secretary
definition 3: a government official authorized to perform diplomatic duties.
The ministers have just begun to arrive for these important meetings here in Paris.
synonyms:
diplomat
similar words:
agent, ambassador, chargé d'affaires, consul, delegate, emissary, envoy, legate, plenipotentiary, representative
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ministered, ministering, ministers
definition: to care for; attend to; serve (often fol. by to).
The county hospital ministers to the community's medical needs.
synonyms:
aid, assist, attend to, care for, help, serve
similar words:
administer, doctor, nurse, provide, take care of, tend
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