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Definition of ministry noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. ministries)
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  1. 1the Ministry [singular] ministers of religion, especially Protestant ministers, when they are mentioned as a group He was an excellent candidate for the Baptist ministry.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the work and duties of a minister in the church; the period of time spent working as a minister in the church
  3. 3[countable] (in some countries) a government department that has a particular area of responsibility the Ministry of Defense a ministry spokesperson
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