Definition of administer
- administer a trust fund
- administer justice
- administer punishment
- administer a test
- administer the last rites
- administer a dose of medicine
- administer to an ailing friend
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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