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MINISTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does minister mean? 

MINISTER (noun)
  The noun MINISTER has 4 senses:

1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
2. a person appointed to a high office in the government
3. a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
4. the job of a head of a government department

  Familiarity information: MINISTER used as a noun is uncommon.


MINISTER (verb)
  The verb MINISTER has 2 senses:

1. attend to the wants and needs of others
2. work as a minister

  Familiarity information: MINISTER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MINISTER (noun)


Sense 1minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person authorized to conduct religious worship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

rector; pastor; parson; minister of religion; minister; curate

Context example:

clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches

Hypernyms ("minister" is a kind of...):

clergyman; man of the cloth; reverend (a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "minister"):

ministrant (someone who serves as a minister)


Sense 2minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person appointed to a high office in the government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

government minister; minister

Context example:

Minister of Finance

Hypernyms ("minister" is a kind of...):

executive; executive director (a person responsible for the administration of a business)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "minister"):

cabinet minister (a person who is a member of the cabinet)

finance minister; minister of finance (the minister responsible for state finances)

foreign minister; secretary of state (a government minister for foreign relations)

Instance hyponyms:

Haman ((Old Testament) the minister of the Persian emperor who hated the Jews and was hanged for plotting to massacre them)

Ahmed Zoki Yamani; Yamani (Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum who was a central figure in the creation of OPEC (born in 1930))


Sense 3minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

diplomatic minister; minister

Hypernyms ("minister" is a kind of...):

diplomat; diplomatist (an official engaged in international negotiations)


Sense 4minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The job of a head of a government department

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("minister" is a kind of...):

public service (employment within a government system (especially in the civil service))

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "minister"):

cabinet minister (the job of a senior minister who is a member of the cabinet)


MINISTER (verb)


Sense 1minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attend to the wants and needs of others

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

I have to minister to my mother all the time

Hypernyms (to "minister" is one way to...):

attend; look; see; take care (take charge of or deal with)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s to somebody


Sense 2minister [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Work as a minister

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

She is ministering in an old parish

Hypernyms (to "minister" is one way to...):

work (exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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