administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering\ -​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 \ -​strə-​bəl How to pronounce administrable (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ -​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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This might involve self-administering insulin with a shot every night, or throughout the day and night, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 After reciting the oath of office, which will be administered by former mayor and Lt. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "This time around, London Breed becomes SF mayor and gets to keep the job," 11 July 2018 Joblessness is already very low; the minority that cannot find work probably require intensive training rather than changes to the way that benefits are administered. The Economist, "Britain’s switch to a “universal credit” is not going well," 31 May 2018 The award money comes from the Baker Fund, while the program is administered by the Greater Balimore Cultural Alliance. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama's portrait, wins $40,000," 18 May 2018 As Town and Country reported, the Royal Collection, which is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity created by the Queen, is selling a piece of costume jewelry designed to look like Meghan Markle's ring. Southern Living, "The Royal Collection Is Selling a Look-alike Meghan Markle Engagement Ring for Under $50," 11 Apr. 2018 His body was cold and lifeless, and doctors tried to administer CPR for 43 minutes with no success. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Emotional True Story Behind Chrissy Metz's New Movie 'Breakthrough'," 15 Apr. 2019 Police removed him from the vehicle and administered CPR, which kept his heart beating until emergency medical service team arrived. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police chase 'dead' driver's truck on foot to save his life," 27 July 2018 One of the six people with Martz on his boat tried to administer CPR to Jennifer Horazdovsky immediately after the accident despite deep gashes to her chest and head, according to the affidavit. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘They didn’t even stop’: Man describes Mat-Su boating collision that killed his wife," 11 June 2018

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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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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 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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