Pronunciation: (min'u-stur), [key]
1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship; member of the clergy; pastor.
2. a person authorized to administer sacraments, as at Mass.
3. a person appointed by or under the authority of a sovereign or head of a government to some high office of state, esp. to that of head of an administrative department: the minister of finance.
4. a diplomatic representative accredited by one government to another and ranking next below an ambassador. Cf. envoy1 (def. 1).
5. a person acting as the agent or instrument of another.
1. to administer or apply: to minister the last rites.
2. Archaic.to furnish; supply.
1. to perform the functions of a religious minister.
2. to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities.: to minister to the needs of the hungry.
3. to contribute, as to comfort or happiness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.