Definition of ministry in English:


Line breaks: min¦is|try
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnɪstri

noun (plural ministries)

  • 1(In certain countries) a government department headed by a minister: the Ministry of Defence
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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, department, bureau, agency, office
  • 2 [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
  • 2.1The period of tenure of a minister of religion: a tablet in the church commemorates his ministry there
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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.
    period of office, term (of office), administration, incumbency
  • 2.2The spiritual work or service of a 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.
  • 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 [mass noun] 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 (in sense 2): from Latin ministerium, from minister (see minister).

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