administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \əd-ˈmi-nə-stər \
administered; administering\-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

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 \ adjective
administrant \-​strənt \ 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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If they were administered immediately after the senescent cells were transplanted, the chemicals helped limit the cells' impact on strength and endurance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging," 10 July 2018 The investigators opted not to administer the Narcan to the sergeant in case someone later became incapacitated. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Two Alameda County sheriff’s investigators survive potentially lethal fentanyl exposure," 26 June 2018 Doctors also inserted an IV line to his heart to administer antibiotics in hopes of shrinking the rest of the abscess that couldn't be removed during surgery. Kaila White, azcentral, "After salmonella nearly killed their toddler, Glendale parents sue Foster Farms – and win," 11 June 2018 When legislation changed to remove liability from those who administer naloxone in efforts to save lives, Jenkins took his underground efforts to the public. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Mark Jenkins Helps Addicts Be Safe Until They Can Get Drug-Free," 17 May 2018 Some treatments consist of a combination of different acids administered in several layers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The clinical advantage of chemical peels," 16 May 2018 There’s also a rattlesnake venom vaccine that can be administered yearly. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Let's Talk About Snakebites," 9 May 2018 These global pressures are hitting while central banks, led by the Fed, are pulling back the monetary medicine administered over the last decade. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Amidst Roaring Economy, Troubled Markets Sound Alarms," 20 Nov. 2018 Under his new drug plan, Medicare payment for drugs administered in doctors’ offices would gradually shift to a level based on international prices, which are typically lower. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump pitches policy in final midterm message," 27 Oct. 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 \
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 \
administered; administering\-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

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 \
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 \ adjective

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