minister

/min"euh steuhr/, n.
1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship; member of the clergy; pastor.
2. a person authorized to administer sacraments, as at Mass.
3. a person appointed by or under the authority of a sovereign or head of a government to some high office of state, esp. to that of head of an administrative department: the minister of finance.
4. a diplomatic representative accredited by one government to another and ranking next below an ambassador. Cf. envoy1 (def. 1).
5. a person acting as the agent or instrument of another.
v.t.
6. to administer or apply: to minister the last rites.
7. Archaic. to furnish; supply.
v.i.
8. to perform the functions of a religious minister.
9. to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities.: to minister to the needs of the hungry.
10. to contribute, as to comfort or happiness.
[1250-1300; (n.) ME ministre, minister ( < OF ministre) < L minister servant, equiv. to minis- (var. of minus a lesser amount; akin to minor MINOR) + -ter n. suffix; r. ME menistre < OF < L, as above; (v.) ME ministren < OF ministrer < L ministrare to act as a servant, attend, deriv. of minister]
Syn. 9. answer, tend, oblige.

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