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 Originally, San Antonio health officials thought the plan would be to administer the vaccine like a flu shot with residents getting inoculated at their local pharmacies. Cayla Harris, ExpressNews.com, "Nirenberg among mayors urging Biden to send coronavirus vaccines directly to big cities," 14 Jan. 2021 In one case, the widow of a man who died of swine flu sued his health care provider for failing to administer the H1N1 vaccine, which at the time was in short supply. Samuel Tarry, STAT, "Keep Covid-19 vaccination decisions out of the courtroom," 13 Jan. 2021 The pharmacist then carried the sugar cube to a nurse, who would administer the vaccine. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County had best record in the nation for Sabin polio vaccine distribution," 13 Jan. 2021 The governor said the congregate care facilities can administer the vaccine in multiple ways. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker says vaccine will be administered to people in shelters, prisons and seniors in housing developments," 13 Jan. 2021 As a result, New York state is trying to expedite the process by sending staff to administer the vaccine in long-term care facilities. Leah Asmelash And Ganesh Setty, CNN, "A Covid-19 outbreak that tore through a New York convent infected 47 sisters and killed 9," 5 Jan. 2021 As of now, more than 200 pharmacies are partnering with the Health Department to administer the vaccine. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Governor shifts vaccine plan," 5 Jan. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Monday tracking the progress made by states to administer COVID-19 vaccine. Aleszu Bajak, USA TODAY, "These states are the most behind in giving COVID-19 vaccines. Is yours on the list?," 5 Jan. 2021 Over 20,000 health workers in about 260 districts have been trained so far to administer the vaccine, the Indian Health Ministry said. New York Times, "India Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 1 Other," 3 Jan. 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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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