Definition of ministry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪstri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪstri//
    (pl. ministries)
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  1. 1  [countable] a government department that has a particular area of responsibility the Ministry of Defence a ministry spokesperson
  2. 2the Ministry [singular + singular or plural verb] ministers of religion, especially Protestant ministers, when they are mentioned as a group He was an excellent candidate for the Baptist ministry.
  3. 3 [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
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in senses (2) and (3)): from Latin ministerium, from minister ‘servant’, from minus ‘less’.Extra examples He assumed direct control of key ministries. The church provides a valuable ministry to a growing population. The plan was approved by the Ministry of Housing. The president took over the Ministry of Justice. a senior man in the Ministry of Health a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture on ministry-owned land staff at the Greek Foreign Ministry A ministry spokesperson defended the measures. The Ministry of Defence has issued the following statement.
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