administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering\ -​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 \ -​strə-​bəl How to pronounce administrable (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ -​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

Officers found a man with gunshot wounds at the scene and began administering first aid. Shafaq Patel, BostonGlobe.com, "Man dies after early-morning shooting in Springfield," 6 July 2019 When Katrina stopped breathing, Terry tried throwing water on her and administering CPR, but nothing would bring her back to life. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, "Two drug users. One dies and, increasingly, the other goes to prison. Critics ask: Why?," 1 July 2019 Emergency medical services workers administered aid and she was taken to a hospital in the area. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Woman swallows meth as Santa Cruz police approach," 27 June 2019 After finding Pruitt, the home’s owner called emergency services and administered CPR until Livonia Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Electrocuted Man, 20, Was Revived 20 Minutes After Being Declared Dead: 'Miraculous'," 25 June 2019 Jail staff administered first aid, and Cleveland paramedics took her to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to the report and a previous statement by the county. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Family of Cuyahoga County Jail inmate files federal lawsuit over 2017 death," 25 June 2019 Dudley shot Richardson and then saved his opponent’s life by administering medical aid. Stuart Sanders, The Courier-Journal, "Before Burr shot Hamilton, this 1800s Kentucky duel ended in bloodshed," 13 June 2019 Havasu Falls Havasu Falls, located near Grand Canyon National Park on land administered by the Havasupai Tribe, requires a 20-mile, round-trip trail to reach. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Permit-Only Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List," 20 June 2019 All of the Kresge Arts in Detroit awards are funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office of the College for Creative Studies. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit artists get 'life-changing' $25k grants through Kresge Arts," 19 June 2019

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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 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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