administer

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verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of administer

administered

administering

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of <administer a trust fund>

  3. 2 a :  to mete out :  dispense <administer punishment> b :  to give ritually <administer the last rites> c :  to give remedially <administer a dose of medicine>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to perform the office of administrator

  6. 2 :  to furnish a benefit :  minister <administer to an ailing friend>

  7. 3 :  to manage affairs

administrable

play \-strə-bəl\ adjective

administrant

play \-strənt\ noun

Examples of administer in a sentence

  1. As a cost-saving measure, voters have elected to have the two towns administered jointly.

  2. The UN personnel are there to help administer the territory.

  3. She's been hired to administer the fund.

  4. The assistant will administer the test.

  5. a priest to administer the sacraments

Origin and Etymology of administer

Middle English administren, from Anglo-French administrer, from Latin administrare, from ad- + ministrare to serve, from minister servant — more at minister


First Known Use: 14th century


ADMINISTER Defined for English Language Learners

administer

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verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of administer for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

administer

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verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of administer for Students

administered

administering

  1. 1 :  to be in charge of :  manage <She administers an athletic program.>

  2. 2 :  to give out as deserved <administer justice>

  3. 3 :  to give officially <administer an oath> <The teacher administered the test.>

  4. 4 :  to give or supply as treatment <administer medicine>


Medical Dictionary

administer

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transitive verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmin-ə-stər\

Medical Definition of administer

administered

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administering

\-st(ə-)riŋ\play
  1. :  to give (as medicine) remedially <the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection>


Law Dictionary

administer

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verb ad·min·is·ter \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər\

Legal Definition of administer

administered

administering

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to manage the affairs of (as a government or agency)

  3. 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

  4. 3a :  to give ritually <administer an oath> b :  to give (as a narcotic) for the purpose of ingesting

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to perform the office of an administrator or executor

  7. 2 :  to manage or conduct affairs

administrable

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