ad·min·is·tra·tion | \əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən, (ˌ)ad-\

Definition of administration 

1 : performance of executive duties : management worked in the administration of a hospital

2 : the act or process of administering something the administration of justice the administration of medication

3 : the execution of public affairs as distinguished from policy-making

4a : a body of persons who administer

b often capitalized : a group constituting the political executive in a presidential government a member of the Bush administration

c : a governmental agency or board the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

5 : the term of office of an administrative officer or body during the first Clinton administration

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Examples of administration in a Sentence

She has a degree in business administration. The editorial criticizes the college's administration for not taking a stand on the issue. Her lecture compared the policies of this administration to the previous one. Administration officials refused to comment. At first, the administration denied the allegations. The drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. oral administration of the drug
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The costs imposed by the Trump administration only exacerbates the difficulty of their situation., "How You Can Help Fund The Reunification Of Families Separated At The Border," 13 July 2018 Harlow said he was troubled by the Trump administration’s decision to separate families at the border. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018 Broadcom CEO Hock Tan spent decades successfully building his company into a semiconductor powerhouse through savvy acquisitions, until his $117 billion bid for Qualcomm was blocked by the Trump administration in March. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Broadcom's Stock Is Crashing," 12 July 2018 About 25 protesters entered Tuesday and handed dozens of unopened toothbrushes, a symbol of disagreement with recent cuts to dental and vision benefits enacted by the Bevin administration for up to 460,000 Medicaid recipients. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Cards sue NCAA, 'tone-deaf' Bevin and more: What to know Wednesday," 11 July 2018 The trade war was triggered by the Trump administration, which argues that existing trade relationships shortchange U.S. industry. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 It is now being reviewed by the Trump administration for approval. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 Ivanka Trump's exemption from new Chinese tariffs is yet another move by the Trump administration that has critics questioning the president and his team's ethics. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Brand Will Not Be Impacted by Donald Trump's Chinese Trade Tariffs," 9 July 2018 An outgoing state lawmaker said on Friday a recent move by President Donald Trump’s administration to no longer encourage race as a factor in college admissions could provide additional roadblocks for disadvantaged students. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Rep. Charlie Brown: Trump decision to withdraw race as college admissions factor could make it harder for disadvantaged students," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of administration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for administration

Middle English administracioun, borrowed from Anglo-French amynistraciun, administracioun, borrowed from Latin administrātiōn-, administrātiō, from administrāre "to administer" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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English Language Learners Definition of administration

: the activities that relate to running a company, school, or other organization

: a group of people who manage the way a company, school, or other organization functions

: a government or part of a government that is identified with its leader (such as a U.S. president or British prime minister)


ad·min·is·tra·tion | \əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən \

Kids Definition of administration

1 : the act or process of administering administration of the oath

2 : the work involved in managing something

3 : the people who direct the business of something (as a city or school)

4 : a government department the Food and Drug Administration


ad·min·is·tra·tion | \əd-ˌmin-ə-ˈstrā-shən, (ˌ)ad- \

Medical Definition of administration 

1 : the act of giving medication administration of a dose of antitoxin— Morris Fishbein

2 : the direction of the execution of something administration of a quarantine law— V. G. Heiser

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ad·min·is·tra·tion | \əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən \

Legal Definition of administration 

1 : the act or process of administering the administration of justice

2a : the management and disposal under court authority of the estate of a deceased person by an executor or an administrator

b : the management of an estate (as of a minor) by a trustee or guardian appointed to take charge of it

c : the management of assets held in a trust

3 : the execution of public affairs as distinguished from policy-making

4a : a body of persons (as of an organization) who administer

b often capitalized : a group that makes up the executive branch of a presidential government

c : a governmental agency or board

5 : the term of office of an administrative officer or body

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