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 Mayo hustled this month to create dedicated space within a medical building in Rochester to administer the therapy, which federal regulators approved Nov. 9 for emergency use. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Mayo Clinic rolls out new drug treatment that must be given within 10 days of COVID-19 symptoms," 25 Nov. 2020 While the law can administer harsh penalties when it is flouted, disapproval is the only sanction etiquette has against rudeness, and this has often been dismissed as ridiculously weak. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Shunning, shaming and ‘cancel culture’," 23 Nov. 2020 Two nationwide pharmacy chains have contracted with HHS to administer Covid-19 vaccines in nursing homes. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "The Last, ‘Ultra-Cold’ Mile for Covid-19 Vaccines," 23 Nov. 2020 Nearly 3,200 health care providers and institutions in 214 counties have signed up to receive shipments of vaccine and administer the shots, said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Department of State Health Services. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Who’ll get Texas’ first COVID-19 shots? Hospital, nursing home, EMS, home health workers top the list," 23 Nov. 2020 The location and condition of the animal may affect the ability of a Network veterinarian to safely approach the whale to administer the solution. al, "Stranded sperm whale moves north in Mobile Bay," 23 Nov. 2020 Mayo hustled this month to create dedicated space within a medical building in Rochester to administer the therapy, which federal regulators approved Nov. 9 for emergency use. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "Mayo launches therapy to prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations," 22 Nov. 2020 Ideally, Chin-Hong said, public health departments would work directly with employers to administer COVID testing and quash potential outbreaks. Hannah Norman, SFChronicle.com, "Why more companies don’t test employees for coronavirus," 21 Nov. 2020 The report draws on February data from agencies in 11 states that administer Medicaid and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps. Author: Eli Rosenberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Walmart and McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, study shows," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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