• To attend to (the needs of); to tend; to take care (of); to give aid; to give service.
  • to function as a clergyman or as the officiant in church worship
  • To afford, to give, to supply.


Broader meaning words


  • From Middle English ministre, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister ("an attendant, servant, assistant, a priest's assistant or other under official"), from minor + -ter; see minor.
  • From Middle English mynystren, from Old French menistrer, ministrer and Latin ministrĊ, from the noun.

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