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mĭnistro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. minister, attend, wait upon, serve, esp. at table, to serve up, pour out, hand food or drink (syn.: servio, appareo, praebeo, suggero; class.).
I. Lit.
II. Transf., to take care of, manage, govern, direct; and, in gen., to provide, furnish, supply, give, afford: “ministrare (naves) velis, of the steersman,Verg. A. 6, 302: “naves nec velis ministrantur, nec, etc.,Tac. G. 44: “ministrare victum alicui,Varr. R. R. 3, 17, 6: “viros et arma alicui,Tac. H. 4, 12: “prolem,to give, present, produce, Tib. 2, 2, 21: “ministrabant ei de facultatibus suis,Vulg. Luc. 8, 3: “faces furiis Clodianis,Cic. Pis. 11, 26: “equus terga ministrat (for mounting),Val. Fl. 6, 216: “jussa medicorum,to execute, Ov. H. 20, 133.—Also of inanim. subjects: “sarmentum colibus sucum ministrat,Varr. R. R. 1, 31, 2: (vinum) verba ministrat, Hor. Ep. 1, 15, 20: “luna ministrat equis,serves them, lights them on their way, Prop. 3, 14, 15: “reges ministrabunt tibi,Vulg. Isa. 60, 10; id. Act. 20, 34.
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