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 To have a drug that can be administered as an IV lessens the responsibility of the patient. al, "Alabama research leads to new treatment for painful illness," 5 Jan. 2020 While the five dioceses whose funds are administered by Biros and Feinberg have averaged nearly $169,000, two other Pennsylvania dioceses have paid much less. Time, "Pennsylvania Dioceses Offer $84 Million to More Than 500 Clergy Abuse Victims," 26 Dec. 2019 The researchers looked at data from more than 6 million cancer cases from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results, or SEER, database that is administered by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Obesity-associated cancers are affecting people at a younger age, CWRU study suggests," 25 Dec. 2019 But the team’s experiments in rats suggest that these medical marks are both safe and long-lasting, and can be administered alongside vaccines without compromising efficacy. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019 The survey, which has been administered every January since 1975, asks teenagers about their use of all kinds of substances, from drugs to alcohol to tobacco. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "High schoolers are still vaping like crazy," 18 Dec. 2019 The fact that regional states were administered by competing ethno-nationalist parties meant that conflicts across domestic administrative boundaries were common. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The new political party of Ethiopia’s Abiy holds much promise but faces significant hurdles," 13 Dec. 2019 Soeken, 77, said he was first compelled more than 40 years ago to speak out about forced psychiatric fitness-for-duty exams being administered to federal personnel. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "‘Speaking the truth to power’: Ellicott City man’s nonprofit focuses on the welfare of whistleblowers," 9 Dec. 2019 Similarly, the government could be expected to push back against any challenges to the Mageshima plan from the nearest island of Tageshima, 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) to its east and from where it is administered. Brad Lendon And Michelle Lim, CNN, "Japanese island could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier," 6 Dec. 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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administering?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=admini02. Accessed 17 January 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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