administer

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

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 How to pronounce administrable (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ -​strənt How to pronounce administrant (audio) \ 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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He is barred from serving as principal investigator on any grants administered through the university, and barred from departmental or other service roles on campus, including the administration of campus research centers. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "UC Berkeley suspends professor for sexual harassment, citing ‘voluminous evidence’," 21 Aug. 2018 Tichelman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs, and has been free for about a year. CBS News, "Alix Tichelman case: Escort describes death of Google executive," 26 June 2018 The Archdiocese of Miami — which has been sheltering immigrant children since 1958 in South Florida — administers the facility. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Separated immigrant children as young as 4 being held in South Florida, Wasserman Schultz says," 25 June 2018 Meanwhile, Marciano was still administering lifesaving aid to Kidik. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "'I Had Her Life In My Hands': Spectra Employees Recall Aiding Hartford Officer After Stabbing," 23 June 2018 Magazine Norton says there will be a nurse on-site to administer restorative IV drips on demand to bust hangovers, rehydrate and boost energy. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The National Park Service, the court said, has broad authority to administer lands and waterways within parks across the country. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska moose-hunter can ‘rev up’ his hovercraft, court rules," 27 Mar. 2019 Despite the efforts of a paramedic who lived in the neighborhood and who tried to administer aid, Caprio was pronounced dead at an area hospital about 2:50 p.m. Monday. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Days Before Her Wedding Anniversary Vacation, Officer Allegedly Run Over by Teen in Stolen Jeep," 23 May 2018 The problem: the new euro short-term rate administered by the European Central Bank, dubbed Ester, will only be available in October, leaving just a few months before the 2020 deadline. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Slow Switch to New Rates Leaves European Companies Playing Catch-Up," 16 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce administer (audio) \
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 How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering\ -​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce administering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce administer (audio) \
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 How to pronounce administrable (audio) \ adjective

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