(noun, verb)


1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship

- clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches

Similar word(s): curate, parson, pastor, rector

Definition categories: person, clergyman, reverend

2. a person appointed to a high office in the government

- Minister of Finance

Definition categories: person, executive

3. a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador

Definition categories: person, diplomat, diplomatist

4. the job of a head of a government department

Definition categories: act

Sentences with minister as a noun:

- The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.

- He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.


1. attend to the wants and needs of others

- I have to minister to my mother all the time

Definition categories: social, attend, look, see

2. work as a minister

- She is ministering in an old parish

Definition categories: social, work

Sentences with minister as a verb:

- A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to minister to inner-city children