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minister (ˈmɪnɪstə)
 
n
1.  (esp in Presbyterian and some Nonconformist Churches) a member of the clergy
2.  a person appointed to head a government department
3.  any diplomatic agent accredited to a foreign government or head of state
4.  See envoy short for minister plenipotentiary or envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary
5.  Also called (in full): minister resident a diplomat ranking after an envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary
6.  a person who attends to the needs of others, esp in religious matters
7.  a person who acts as the agent or servant of a person or thing
 
vb (often foll by to)
8.  to attend to the needs (of); take care (of)
9.  archaic (tr) to provide; supply
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin: servant; related to minus less]
 
'ministership
 
n

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