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 The bureau found that book prices rose 88 percent between 2006 and 2016, and the College Board — which administers the SAT exam — reported that students budget more than $1,200 each year for textbooks and other class supplies, including technology. Washington Post, "Textbooks keep getting pricier. So students are getting creative.," 17 Jan. 2020 Landlords and tenants with questions about the new laws can contact the San Francisco Rent Board, which administers the city’s law. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "More details on new San Francisco and California renter-protection laws," 16 Jan. 2020 Until now, Invisalign had largely cornered the market of selling removable aligners to patients through dentists and orthodontists, who then administer and monitor the treatment plan. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "SmileDirectClub to compete with Invisalign by selling aligners to dentists, orthodontists," 15 Jan. 2020 That's great news for firms like Fidelity and Vanguard, which administer millions of retirement accounts. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Fortune Poll: Investors See a 2020 Recession Coming—But Think They’ll Make Money," 9 Jan. 2020 The cultural importance of song was not missed by the Government of Canada and the churches who administered residential schools for more than a century. Popular Science, "Ecological secrets hide between the notes of indigenous songs," 6 Jan. 2020 Once the agency that will administer a regulation takes its cut at costs and benefits, the Congressional Budget Office makes its own congressionally mandated study to aid representatives and senators in their voting decision. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Fatal high-rise fire raises wider cost and benefit questions," 22 Dec. 2019 The lawsuit was filed in Boulder County Court against Dr. Geoffrey Kim and nurse anesthetist Rex Meeker, the pair who allegedly administered anesthesia before the surgery. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Girl, 18, in Coma After Breast Enhancement Surgery as Parents File Lawsuit Against Doctor and Nurse," 21 Dec. 2019 But Landrum had the power to override the committee's decision and did so in his final hours on the job, citing a request from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which administers Medicaid. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "In final hours, Bevin administration upholds Passport snub on Medicaid contracts," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of administer was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administrant?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=admini04. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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