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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The Arizona Department of Health Services, which administers the state medical-marijuana program, also was neutral on the bill. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona bill would cut cost for medical marijuana card in half, require testing for impurities," 7 June 2019 EMTs, firefighters and bystanders administered naloxone, the life-saving opioid antidote, in 65 of those cases, Canning said. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Uptick in drug deaths coincides with start of statewide program to track opioid overdoses across Connecticut," 7 June 2019 Employees who helped administer the drugs are no longer treating patients and no other charges have been filed. CBS News, "Ohio doctor charged with 25 deaths allegedly ordered fentanyl doses up to 40 times too strong," 6 June 2019 So far, only 77 percent of the funds administered under PetroCaribe have been accounted for. miamiherald, "Haiti president accused of embezzlement scheme in government audit of Venezuela aid money," 4 June 2019 Step up for Students, a nonprofit organization that administers the largest voucher program, the Florida Tax Credit scholarship, cited a slowdown in contributions from corporations that receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in return. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida adds new voucher program, more schools receive public money as participation declines," 4 June 2019 Police found Craddock alive but wounded and began administering first aid. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Virginia Beach shooting: What we know about the motive, the victims," 3 June 2019 The first dose of the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – usually administered between 12-16 months of age —provides 93 percent protection. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 Depending on the severity of your breakouts (and your budget), seeing a dermatologist who can administer an in-office quick fix or prescribe oral or topical medications might be a worthy investment in your time and money. Allure, "The 14 Best Cystic Acne Treatments, According to Dermatologists," 28 Mar. 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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