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 administer (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 administer (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strənt How to pronounce administer (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 If that decline continues, then vaccinations may switch to settings that are better suited to administer vaccines to one or two patients a day. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Vaccine rollout to get more difficult as it shifts to doctor's offices," 2 May 2021 Taveras said that it may also be used one day a week to conduct COVID-19 tests and administer vaccines. BostonGlobe.com, "Kraft opens Brockton mobile opioid clinic," 1 May 2021 The vaccine rollout has spurred demand for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other medical professionals qualified to administer vaccines. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Another boon from vaccinating millions of Americans: Jobs," 23 Apr. 2021 Arlington first responders will continue to administer vaccines by visiting churches, homebound residents and other community locations with underserved or socially vulnerable people, Fegan said. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Slowing demand prompts Arlington to close COVID-19 vaccination site at AT&T Stadium," 23 Apr. 2021 In Japan, where only doctors and nurses are authorized to administer vaccines, less than a quarter of health care workers have been vaccinated, though jabs began in February. New York Times, "These Countries Did Well With Covid. So Why Are They Slow on Vaccines?," 17 Apr. 2021 Sabrina Wilson is executive director of the Rosewood Initiative, a nonprofit community group that serves the east Portland neighborhood around the 97233 ZIP code and that is helping to administer vaccines to 900 people. oregonlive, "‘Gut-wrenching’ disparity seen in Portland area’s disproportionately wealthy, white vaccine rollout," 16 Apr. 2021 With eligibility opening up across the state, vaccination sites are looking for additional, qualifying volunteers to help administer vaccines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I’m making a difference:’ Vaccine site volunteers came for a shot, but stayed to help," 10 Apr. 2021 After already surpassing his goal to administer 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days, Biden last week announced a new goal of 200 million vaccines by Day 100. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "'True local control': More than 100 mayors urge Biden to bypass states, provide COVID-19 vaccines directly to cities," 29 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 administer (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 administer (audio) \ adjective

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