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 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 \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strə-​bəl How to pronounce administrable (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​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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Recent Examples on the Web Before the vast law can swing into operation, President Roosevelt must name the social security board of three members to administer it. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act 85 years ago," 14 Aug. 2020 By taking the plasma of healthy donors, researchers could create a medication full of these missing factors that patients could administer themselves with a quick injection for a temporary fix. Jillian Mock, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Peculiar 100-Plus-Year History of Convalescent Plasma," 1 Sep. 2020 Part of the reason for the delay, DeSantis said, was to ensure the state could pay for it and administer it under existing federal laws. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis signs Florida up for jobless benefits program, but new delays could await," 26 Aug. 2020 The funding came from the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which also provided funds for Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine to administer safe elections this year. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee to receive lockboxes to drop off early ballots in November election," 18 Aug. 2020 McKesson will distribute vaccines and related supplies needed to administer them, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 13-14," 17 Aug. 2020 The company will be a central distributor of both vaccines and related supplies needed to administer them, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. Dallas News, "Irving-based McKesson to play key role as U.S. ramps up COVID-19 vaccination planning," 14 Aug. 2020 Congress and the Treasury Department pledged seventy-five billion dollars to the Federal Reserve to administer it; the Fed, by borrowing or creating more money, could potentially use that sum to give out six hundred billion dollars’ worth of loans. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "What’s Happening to All the CARES Act Money?," 14 Aug. 2020 As some have argued, a solution would be to make moral enhancement compulsory or administer it secretly, perhaps via the water supply. Parker Crutchfield, The Conversation, "‘Morality pills’ may be the US’s best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist," 10 Aug. 2020

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

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for administer

administer

verb
How to pronounce administer (audio)

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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