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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Instead, the Clean Air Act as administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was supposed to be used to regulate and compensate for emissions. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Judge says climate issues the purview of federal government, tosses NYC lawsuit," 20 July 2018 Millions in the country are on the brink of famine, more than 2.5 million have fled to neighboring countries and hundreds of thousands are internally displaced, many sheltering in camps administered by the United Nations. New York Times, "U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan as Atrocities Go Unabated," 13 July 2018 Her release is a half-way house toward freedom, really a new form of restriction, another ingenious type of detention-equivalent administered by a [People’s Republic of China] that spawns new types of detention almost every day. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Poet Liu Xia escaped China, but will Beijing ever set her free?," 13 July 2018 The program, administered by Westside Housing Organization and run by NeighborWorks America, is funded through a $5.7 million commitment from Wells Fargo. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "New program will give up to 300 KC area families help with down payment on home," 9 July 2018 Lieutenant Johnson requested a second polygraph test, administered by a different examiner, to be performed. Malik Johnson, NBC News, "Parents of Lelia Faulkner still searching for daughter two years after her disappearance.," 8 July 2018 The symphony’s small endowment is administered by the San Antonio Area Foundation. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "After a bumpy season, the San Antonio Symphony in a stronger, sunnier place," 3 July 2018 Having had their plan for dividing Mandatory Palestine into two states rejected, the British government decided in the White Paper of 1939 that an independent Palestine, jointly administered by Arabs and Jews, should be established within 10 years. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Prince William Is Visiting the Middle East. Here's What to Know About Britain's Controversial Role in Shaping the Region," 25 June 2018 India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Fox News, "2 rebels, teen killed during fighting, protests in Kashmir," 10 July 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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