Min·is·try n.; pl. Ministries
1. The act of ministering; ministration; service. “With tender ministry.”
2. Hence: Agency; instrumentality.
The ordinary ministry of second causes. --Atterbury.
The wicked ministry of arms. --Dryden.
3. The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession.
4. The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body.
5. Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt.
n 1: religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
2: building where the business of a government ministry is
3: a government department under the direction of a minister