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

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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 My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccine, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. CBS News, "Transcript: Moncef Slaoui on "Face the Nation," March 21, 2021," 21 Mar. 2021 Last week, the White House announced plans to administer 42,000 doses a week at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "A look at major COVID-19 developments over the past week," 13 Mar. 2021 This site located at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, has the ability to administer 6,000 shots per day. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Ford Field to become mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic," 12 Mar. 2021 Connolly cited years of budget cuts under Republicans - and outdated computer systems at the IRS - as potential threats to the agency’s ability to administer the new stimulus programs. Anchorage Daily News, "With congressional stimulus bill approval imminent, Biden prepares to send checks but big challenges loom," 10 Mar. 2021 As the supply of COVID-19 vaccine increases in Lake County — with 11,590 first doses scheduled to arrive the week starting Monday, and 13,200 the week after that — the ability to administer the shots is growing at a faster pace. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Lake County prepared to administer COVID-19 shots as fast as vaccine arrives; Fairgrounds site now open 6 days per week," 5 Mar. 2021 The claim: California is vaccinating homeless people and prison inmates against COVID-19 before others Shifting plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines are drawing out new criticism for plans to administer the shots. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: California's COVID-19 vaccine plan doesn't give priority to homeless people, prisoners," 4 Mar. 2021 Visit this website for more information about the effort to administer Covid-19 vaccinations in Williamson County, Texas. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Willie Nelson’s Wife Administering Covid-19 Vaccinations in Austin," 3 Mar. 2021 In the United States, where the vaccine rollout has been bumpy and winter storms over the past week have hampered some states' ability to administer shots, similar questions have emerged. NBC News, "Pfizer vaccine may offer strong protection after first dose, Israeli study finds," 19 Feb. 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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The first known use of administer was in the 14th century

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3 Apr 2021

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“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 14 Apr. 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

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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 administer (audio) \ adjective

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