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

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 The listing procedure is a prerequisite for COVAX vaccine supply and allows countries to speed up their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 shots, the WHO said in its statement. Reuters, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 Last December, the United Kingdom became the first country to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2021 The bills allow more types of health workers, such as dentists, podiatrists and optometrists, to administer COVID-19 and influenza immunizations. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 Penny Weismuller, director of the program, said the county public health department had students plan the conversion of a vacation facility to a hospital setting, conduct contact tracing and administer COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Following recommendations by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for health care providers to administer COVID-19 booster shots to some Americans, Maryland Gov. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 24 Sep. 2021 In addition to flu vaccinations, the accelerated hiring will help CVS administer COVID-19 booster shots, pending regulatory approval, while continuing to offer COVID-19 shots. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Ohio State is not required to administer COVID-19 tests but will follow all university protocols. Stephen Means, cleveland, 28 May 2021 In Michigan, state Medical Director Dr. William Fales directed emergency medical technicians and paramedics to the Ascension Borgess Hospital system in Kalamazoo to help administer doses during recent outbreaks at two centers. NBC News, 31 Oct. 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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17 Nov 2021

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“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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 administer (audio) \

Medical Definition of administer

: to give (as medicine) remedially the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection

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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