administer

verb

ad·​min·​is·​ter əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio)
administered; administering əd-ˈmi-nə-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of
administer a trust fund
2
a
: 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
administrable adjective
administrant noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Officers and medical staff had to administer nine canisters of Narcan before Inzunza regained consciousness. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 13 Nov. 2022 The ballot measure would cost state and local governments $55 million in the first biennium and about $50 million for each successive biennium to administer, according to a state financial impact committee. oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2022 The doctors called for 911 for additional assistance, but the paramedics were held up by a traffic accident so Addison began to administer CPR. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Monoclonal antibodies are expensive to produce and can be cumbersome to administer if they are infused straight into the bloodstream. Bymeredith Wadman, science.org, 31 Oct. 2022 The benefits of molnupiravir seem lackluster at best; remdesivir offers a few more perks but is a hassle to administer, requiring several days of infusions. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2022 His father adds that each school should have a nebulizer in the nurse’s office with staff trained to administer asthma medication. Erik Ofgang, Hartford Courant, 29 Oct. 2022 Unlike the state’s criminal courts for mental health and Laura’s Law, Care Courts are mandatory for each of the state’s 58 counties, which will administer the courts and their services. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Oct. 2022 According to the organization, one of their clients can’t attend school because there is no nurse to administer their treatments. al, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of administer was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near administer

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

administer

verb

ad·​min·​is·​ter əd-ˈmin-ə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio)
administered; administering -st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio)
1
: to direct the affairs of : manage
administer a government
2
: to give out as deserved
administer justice
3
: to give formally or ceremonially
administer the sacraments
4
: to give as treatment
administer a drug

Medical Definition

administer

transitive verb

ad·​min·​is·​ter əd-ˈmin-ə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio)
administered; administering -st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio)
: to give (as medicine) remedially
the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection

Legal Definition

administer

verb

ad·​min·​is·​ter əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio)
administered; administering

transitive verb

1
: to manage the affairs of (as a government or agency)
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
administrable adjective

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