administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər \
administered; administering\ -​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of administer

transitive verb

1 : to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of administer a trust fund
2a : to provide or apply : dispense administer justice administer punishment
b : to give officially or as part of a ritual administer a test administer the last rites
c : to give remedially administer a dose of medicine

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the office of administrator
2 : to furnish a benefit : minister administer to an ailing friend
3 : to manage affairs

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Other Words from administer

administrable \ -​strə-​bəl \ adjective
administrant \ -​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
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The state Department of Health, which administers the Women, Infant and Children program and family-planning services, would face a similar situation, according to OFM. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Bald-eagle watching canceled, TSA employees at Sea-Tac Airport working on delayed pay. Federal government closure hits Washington," 24 Dec. 2018 In July, the Manbij Military Council, which administers the town, said the YPG units once stationed there had completed their withdrawal. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces," 21 Sep. 2018 Christopher Cook, a director for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the strategic fund, said the cemetery deal is still far from being finalized. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 Chandler announced the plan Wednesday at a press conference in Louisville where he was joined by Gov. Matt Bevin and officials including Adam Meier, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which administers Medicaid. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin teams up with nonprofit to help people keep their Medicaid," 30 May 2018 The Early Learning Coalition, which administers both programs, cut off funding for voluntary pre-K in December after discovering during a visit the school didn’t have a qualified instructor for the dozen children who were enrolled. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Without scholarship money, private school Agape continues to struggle," 29 May 2018 In 2016, the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, which administers the tax-exempt bond program, concluded that more affordable housing could be built in other parts of the state because San Francisco’s costs were so high. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor convenes summit to address high affordable-housing building costs," 21 May 2018 Another lawyer who actually works at the federal Department of Education, which administers the program, has also run into brick walls. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "Public Servants Do Get Student Loan Forgiveness. Meet One of the First.," 4 May 2018 The family travels with inhalers and a nebulizer, which administer medication when it is inhaled into the lungs. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A day of good-byes and clean up after the last caravan members enter the U.S.," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of administer

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for administer

Middle English administren, aministren, borrowed from Anglo-French administrer, aministrer, borrowed from Latin administrāre "to assist, operate, perform, manage the affairs of," from ad- ad- + ministrāre "to wait on, serve, furnish" — more at minister entry 2

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administer

verb

English Language Learners 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

administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər \
administered; administering

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

administer

transitive verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmin-ə-stər \
administered; administering\ -​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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administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər \
administered; administering

Legal Definition of administer

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the office of an administrator or executor
2 : to manage or conduct affairs

Other Words from administer

administrable \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strə-​bəl \ adjective

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