- a person authorized to conduct religious worship; member of the clergy; pastor.
- a person authorized to administer sacraments, as at Mass.
- a person appointed by or under the authority of a sovereign or head of a government to some high office of state, especially to that of head of an administrative department: the minister of finance.
- a diplomatic representative accredited by one government to another and ranking next below an ambassador.Compare envoy1(def 1).
- a person acting as the agent or instrument of another.
- to administer or apply: to minister the last rites.
- Archaic. to furnish; supply.
- to perform the functions of a religious minister.
- to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities.: to minister to the needs of the hungry.
- to contribute, as to comfort or happiness.
Origin of minister
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Examples from the Web for ministering
Instead he has emphasized core elements of the social gospel like combatting poverty and ministering to the sick and downtrodden.Pope Francis’s Lessons for the GOP
July 28, 2013
Now, if a man is perfect to begin with, what is a dear, ministering angel of a woman to do with him?In the Midst of Alarms
Least of all ought a work like ministering to the poor hinder the spiritual life.The Ministry of Intercession
Perhaps it is that the very spirit of her ministering is to despair of nothing.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
Bettina, since she could not minister to Justin, spent the days in ministering to others.Glory of Youth
There she served her like a ministering angel; brushed her hair—oh, so gently!David Elginbrod
- (esp in Presbyterian and some Nonconformist Churches) a member of the clergy
- a person appointed to head a government department
- any diplomatic agent accredited to a foreign government or head of state
- short for minister plenipotentiary or envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiarySee envoy 1 (def. 1)
- Also called (in full): minister resident a diplomat ranking after an envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary
- a person who attends to the needs of others, esp in religious matters
- a person who acts as the agent or servant of a person or thing
- (intr often foll by to) to attend to the needs (of); take care (of)
- (tr) archaic to provide; supply
Word Origin and History for ministering
c.1300, "one who acts upon the authority of another," from Old French menistre "servant, valet, member of a household staff, administrator, musician, minstrel" (12c.), from Latin minister (genitive ministri) "inferior, servant, priest's assistant" (in Medieval Latin, "priest"), from minus, minor "less," hence "subordinate," (see minus) + comparative suffix *-teros. Formed on model of magister. Meaning "priest" is attested in English from early 14c. Political sense of "high officer of the state" is attested from 1620s, from notion of "service to the crown."
early 14c., "to perform religious rites, provide religious services;" mid-14c., "to serve (food or drink);" late 14c. "render service or aid," from Old French menistrer "to serve, be of service, administer, attend, wait on," and directly from Latin ministrare "to serve, attend, wait upon" (see minister (n.)). Related: Ministered; ministering.
In many Protestant churches, the presiding clergyman. Ministers preach sermons; conduct services; officiate at baptisms, weddings, and funerals; and generally look after the needs of their congregation. Some Protestant churches refer to their clergy as pastors or preachers rather than ministers.