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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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 Lower Oshima is the nearest in a chain of several dozen islands, administeredby Tokyo, that stretch more than 650 miles into the Pacific Ocean. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Treatment, either in tablet form or injections administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health, would begin at least one month before a parolee is released. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "What is chemical castration? What to know about Alabama’s new sex offender law," 11 June 2019 An Ohio doctor was charged with murder Wednesday in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who, authorities say, were killed with deliberate overdoses of painkillers, many of them administered by other medical workers on his orders. Kantele Franko, chicagotribune.com, "Ohio doctor accused of murder in fentanyl overdose deaths of 25 patients," 5 June 2019 Workers even have access to an employee assistance fund, administered by March and other senior managers. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces: BRG Realty, Vega Americas and Indian Hill schools top midsize list," 5 June 2019 The prosecution relied on a fake polygraph exam administered by the same official involved in Deskovic’s wrongful conviction. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019 The program is sponsored by Northern Illinois Food Bank, in partnership with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Cathy Janek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Program provides summer meals for Aurora kids in need," 4 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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