minister noun

1 member of the government

ADJ. prime | chief, principal Queen Elizabeth's chief minister, Lord Burghley | deputy | junior, senior | cabinet, departmental, EU, Foreign Office, government, Home Office | defence, education, environment, finance, foreign, health, interior, transport, etc. | relevant, responsible Local authorities should submit schemes to the relevant minister for approval. | former, outgoing

VERB + MINISTER appoint (sb), appoint sb as, nominate (sb), nominate sb as | elect (sb), elect sb as | dismiss (sb as) | serve as He served briefly as prime minister from 1920 to 1921. | lobby, persuade, urge lobbying the Transport Minister over the issue | advise, consult, instruct | accuse, criticize

MINISTER + VERB resign, retire | be accountable to sb, be responsible for sth Ministers are accountable to Parliament. the minister responsible for the health service | announce sth, unveil sth | agree (to) sth, approve sth, decide sth, endorse sth | intervene (in sth) The foreign minister intervened with disastrous results.

PREP. ~ for the new minister for the Arts | ~ of A new minister of defence had been appointed. > See PRIME MINISTER

2 priest

ADJ. church | Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Nonconformist, Presbyterian

VERB + MINISTER ordain (sb), ordain sb as He was ordained minister of a small rural congregation.

PHRASES a minister of religion