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 Prosecutors revealed that a rape kit administered on Crawford days before her disappearance tested positive for Brantley's semen. Amir Vera, CNN, "Roommate of slain Clark Atlanta University student withdrew from school after killing, police say," 22 Nov. 2019 School, of course, is not a democracy, and children don’t always have a say in how laws affecting them are determined and administered. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The little girl with colorful hair is beautiful, but there are consequences for breaking the rules," 21 Nov. 2019 These districts are organized and funded by property owners and administer clean and safe programs that improve public safety. Joe Spencer And Joe Spartz, Twin Cities, "Spencer, Spartz: Downtown St. Paul needs these 3 investments in public safety," 19 Nov. 2019 The two agencies have recommended private health insurance companies administer the public option instead of the state using a government platform, such as Medicaid. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Colorado must ensure competition when it rolls out public health care option, agencies recommend," 16 Nov. 2019 The scholarship has grown large enough that Stone has brought in another staffer to help administer the program. oregonlive, "Volunteers of America Oregon scholarship helps kids escape shadow of substance abuse: Season of Sharing 2019," 12 Nov. 2019 Abbott said Sale has not had a follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews since the renowned orthopedist administered the PRP injection. BostonGlobe.com, "In 2017-18, Sale looked every bit the part of an ace among aces, going 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA while striking out a ridiculous 13.2 batters per nine innings and helping the Red Sox to back-to-back AL East titles and delivering the final out of the 2018 World Series.," 12 Nov. 2019 The responding officers found Johnson slumped over but allowed him to drive home and did not administer a breathalyzer test or a field sobriety test. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago’s mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car," 18 Oct. 2019 The stadium authority would be given responsibility for administering the money, a job now done by the Maryland Racing Commission. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Before deal to keep Preakness in Baltimore can reach finish line, it will face jostling in General Assembly," 8 Oct. 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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The first known use of administer was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administering. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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