verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər\
: to manage the operation of (something, such as a company or government) or the use of (something, such as property)
: to provide or apply (something, such as justice) : to put (something) into effect
: to give or present (something) officially or as part of a ceremony
: to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of <administer a trust fund>
a : to mete out : dispense <administer punishment>
b : to give ritually <administer the last rites>
c : to give remedially <administer a dose of medicine>
: to furnish a benefit : minister <administer to an ailing friend>
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Examples of ADMINISTER
- As a cost-saving measure, voters have elected to have the two towns administered jointly.
- The UN personnel are there to help administer the territory.
- She's been hired to administer the fund.
- The assistant will administer the test.
- a priest to administer the sacraments
Origin of ADMINISTER
Middle English administren,
from Anglo-French administrer,
from Latin administrare,
to serve, from minister
servant — more at minister
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to ADMINISTER
- allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, hand out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate
: to be in charge of : manage <She administers an athletic program.>
: to give out as deserved <administer justice>
: to give officially <administer an oath> <The teacher administered the test.>
: to give or supply as treatment <administer medicine>
: to give (as medicine) remedially <the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection>
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