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  1. min·is·try
    IPA[ˈminəstrē]
  2. noun

    • 1. the work or vocation of a minister of religion:

      he is training for the ministry
    • 2. the period of tenure of a minister of religion.

    • 3. the spiritual work or service of any Christian or a group of Christians, especially evangelism:

      a ministry of Christian healing
    • 4. (in certain countries) a government department headed by a minister of state:

      the Ministry of Agriculture
    • 5. (in certain countries) a period of government under one prime minister:

      Gladstone's first ministry was outstanding
    • 6. the action of ministering to someone:

      the soldiers were no less in need of his ministry
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: ministry, plural noun: ministries

    • noun

      (in certain countries) a government department headed by a minister:

      the work or vocation of a minister of religion:

    • noun

      (in many countries) a government department headed by a minister in charge of relations with other countries:
    • noun

      a group of clergy of incumbent status who minister jointly to several parishes under the leadership of a rector or vicar.
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