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
administrableplay \-strə-bəl\ adjective
administrantplay \-strənt\ noun
Examples of administer in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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 for Students
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>
Legal Definition of administer
1 : to manage the affairs of (as a government or agency)
2a : to direct or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of <administer a trust fund> b : to settle (an estate) under a court appointment as administrator or executor
3a : to give ritually <administer an oath> b : to give (as a narcotic) for the purpose of ingesting
1 : to perform the office of an administrator or executor
2 : to manage or conduct affairs
administrable\əd-ˈmi-nə-strə-bəl\ play adjective
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