ad·​min·​is·​trate | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrāt How to pronounce administrate (audio) \
administrated; administrating

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Examples of administrate in a Sentence

they're looking for someone to administrate the new division
Recent Examples on the Web Australia began administrating Bougainville after World War I and (except for a brief Japanese occupation during World War II) played a role until PNG achieved independence in 1975. Jason Scott Smith, Washington Post, "Why a Part of Papua New Guinea Is Eyeing Independence," 20 Nov. 2019 The English speakers work as laborers, and the francophones administrate their work. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cameroonian journalist wins asylum with help from Casa Cornelia pro bono attorney," 21 Oct. 2019 Money will also be used for a K-12 drug-abuse program, administrated by the Family and Children First Council. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County outlines plan for $23M in opioid settlement money," 10 Oct. 2019 The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, properly administrated, say groups like the Environmental Defense Fund, could tamp down emissions, but a few details have to be ironed out. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Shipping is overtaking aviation in emission reductions," 3 Oct. 2019 Martin hopes some entity might take over administrating the prize. Washington Post, "Steve Martin’s bluegrass award faces uncertain future," 17 Sep. 2019 The government requires bishops and priests to sign a declaration that the Catholic Church in China is independent, autonomous and self-administrating. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Vatican Encourages Chinese Catholic Priests to Register With Beijing," 28 June 2019 Officers can be seen on the video administrating first aid to Bailey before additional help arrives. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Family of black man fatally shot by Colorado police demand independent investigation," 13 Aug. 2019 The federal funding came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was administrated by the state., "Former head of foster care agency sent to federal prison for nearly 3 years for embezzling more than $1 million," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of administrate

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for administrate

borrowed from Latin administrātus, past participle of administrāre "to administer"

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The first known use of administrate was in 1538

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28 Nov 2019

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“Administrate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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ad·​min·​is·​trate | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrāt How to pronounce administrate (audio) \
administrated; administrating

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