Simple Definition of administer
: 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
Full Definition of administer
1 : to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of <administer a trust fund>
2 a : to mete out : dispense <administer punishment> b : to give ritually <administer the last rites> c : to give remedially <administer a dose of medicine>
1 : to perform the office of administrator
2 : to furnish a benefit : minister <administer to an ailing friend>
3 : to manage affairs
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, from ad- + ministrare to serve, from minister servant — more at minister
First Known Use: 14th century
ADMINISTER Defined for Kids
Definition of administer
1 : to be in charge of : manage <She administers an athletic program.>
2 : to give out as deserved <administer justice>
3 : to give officially <administer an oath> <The teacher administered the test.>
4 : to give or supply as treatment <administer medicine>
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