Definition of ministry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈminəstrē/

noun (plural ministries)

1 [usually in singular] The work or vocation of a minister of religion: he is training for the ministry
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  • The story is that as Hays struggled over his choice of vocation, the ministry or politics, the church and politics fought over him.
  • We also discussed why Marian decided to train for the ministry, and her training so far.
  • Does a decline in the social status of the ministry as a profession weaken recruitment?
holy orders, the priesthood, the cloth, the church
1.1The period of tenure of a minister of religion.
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  • In the decades that followed his death, out of the circle of 12 that had accompanied him during his three years of ministry, 10 would die a martyr's death.
  • Periodically in my ministry, we have done worship planning with groups of lay people.
  • It was there that he lived during the time of the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
1.2The spiritual work or service of any Christian or a group of Christians, especially evangelism: a ministry of Christian healing
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  • Selian is a health-care ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
  • He views this as a lay ministry of evangelism as Christian and Turks intermingle within the conflicts of war.
  • Care Net is a U.S.-based evangelical Christian ministry that was featured in a W5 / CTV documentary last year.
teaching, preaching, evangelism
2(In certain countries) a government department headed by a minister of state: the Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Since arriving in China on Monday, Nowak has met with vice minister-level officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Public Security.
  • During Zhu's term, the Chinese government abolished 61 separate ministries and departments and laid off more than 1.15 million officials.
  • Also coming out of the summit was a plan to reorganize government ministries, affecting 15 ministries and 156 associated departments.
(government) department, bureau, agency, office
3(In certain countries) a period of government under one prime minister: Gladstone’s first ministry was outstanding
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  • After the death of Canning and the failure of the Goderich ministry, Wellington became prime minister in January 1828.
  • In his first ministry from 1868 to 1874, Gladstone implemented many government reforms.
  • Governments in the faction period were usually short-lived; a ministry which lasted 12 months had done well.
4 rare The action of ministering to someone: the soldiers were no less in need of his ministry
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  • But he also asked for help from the same people in the square to pray for him, to give him enough strength to continue in this ministry.
  • Finally, he upheld patriarchy while delegating ministry and discipline even to women and children.
  • But in general, church ministry is ministry to people who need help desperately - not to people who work.


Middle English (sense 1): from Latin ministerium, from minister (see minister).

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Syllabification: min·is·try

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