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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Buprenorphine and methadone are inexpensive, but administering them behind bars poses logistical challenges that can be costly. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Addicted people often end up in jail. That can be deadly for them," 9 July 2018 State law requires the readiness test to be given within the first 30 days of school, and many kindergarten teachers administer it almost as soon as classes start. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 While the federal government is funding the program, and the food bank is administering it, the Fox Valley Park District, Aurora Public Library and the city of Aurora’ Innovation Department also have taken part in organizing the program. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Local groups offer free lunches to Aurora area youth," 5 June 2018 Working from the idea that a vaccine didn’t actually have to infect someone with a disease to jump-start immunity, Jonas Salk learned to kill poliovirus with formaldehyde and administer it. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine," 1 June 2018 The firm will be responsible for managing and administering all the village’s finance and accounting processes. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville saves money by hiring accounting consultant," 13 July 2018 Still, Helleckson questions whether the BLM properly administers its program. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Mojo Hydration is a practice where a medical professional administers IV therapy for health and beauty reasons. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 So the person administering the file cabinet ... How dare you. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 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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