minister Definition

  • 1a member of the clergy, especially in Protestant churches
  • 2a head of a government department or a person in charge of a particular activity
  • 3to attend to the needs of someone or something

Using minister: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "minister" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The minister delivered a powerful sermon on forgiveness.

  • Example

    She was appointed as the new minister of education.

  • Example

    He ministers to the sick and the elderly.

  • Example

    The government is expected to announce a new minister for the environment.

minister Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using minister

  • minister to someone's needs

    to provide help or care for someone


    The nurse ministers to the needs of the patients in the hospital.

  • minister to someone's wishes

    to comply with someone's requests or desires


    The hotel staff tried their best to minister to the guests' wishes.

  • to provide intellectual or spiritual nourishment


    The professor's lectures were designed to minister to the minds of his students.

Phrases with minister

  • the head of an elected government; the principal minister of a sovereign or state


    The Prime Minister will address the nation tonight.

  • a minister who does not have a specific departmental responsibility


    He was appointed as a minister without portfolio in the new government.

  • a member of the clergy who performs religious services


    The minister of religion led the congregation in prayer.

Origins of minister

from Latin 'minister', meaning 'servant'


Summary: minister in Brief

The term 'minister' [ˈmɪnɪstər] can refer to a member of the clergy, a head of a government department, or someone who attends to the needs of others. Examples include 'The minister delivered a powerful sermon on forgiveness,' and 'She was appointed as the new minister of education.' Phrases like 'prime minister' and 'minister without portfolio' are also common. Idioms like 'minister to someone's needs' and 'minister to someone's wishes' denote providing help or care, while 'minister to the mind' implies intellectual or spiritual nourishment.

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