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


Full Definition of ADMINISTER

transitive verb
:  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>
intransitive verb
:  to perform the office of administrator
:  to furnish a benefit :  minister <administer to an ailing friend>
:  to manage affairs
ad·min·is·tra·ble \-strə-bəl\ adjective
ad·min·is·trant \-strənt\ noun

Examples of ADMINISTER

  1. As a cost-saving measure, voters have elected to have the two towns administered jointly.
  2. The UN personnel are there to help administer the territory.
  3. She's been hired to administer the fund.
  4. The assistant will administer the test.
  5. a priest to administer the sacraments


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


transitive verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmin-ə-stər\   (Medical Dictionary)
ad·min·is·teredad·min·ister·ing \-st(ə-)riŋ\

Medical Definition of ADMINISTER

:  to give (as medicine) remedially <the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection>


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