administration

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce administration (audio) , (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 European Union is preparing tariffs on $12 billion of U.S. products over subsidies to Boeing Co., raising the stakes on the Trump administration’s plan for punishing the EU’s support to rival plane maker Airbus SE. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU Prepares Tariffs Against U.S. Amid WTO Battle," 12 Apr. 2019 However, senior Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, believe Iran is using the space launches to further its ballistic missile program, which could lead to missiles capable of striking the United States. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 The Trump administration’s decision to allow Americans to sue foreign companies doing business in Cuba for property stolen by the Cuban regime was a historic action 20 years in the making. WSJ, "The U.S. Sticks Up for Victims of Cuba’s Theft," 25 Apr. 2019 In one study, published in 2010 in the International Journal of Dermatology, the researchers only measured the effects of vitamin C and other brightening agents after 12 weeks of administration. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Switch Up Your Skin-Care Products All the Time?," 7 Mar. 2019 In other news, on Tuesday, William Barr, the administration’s nominee for attorney general, wouldn’t promise to share with the public the complete Mueller report, on that great day when this document is finally released. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “I Never Worked for Russia!”," 20 Jan. 2019 Further Reading Fuel economy standards kill people, Trump administration claims The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Trump has moved to rescind a number of environmentally-minded regulations instituted under the Obama Administration. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic," 9 Dec. 2018 Those who cross illegally must have come as single adults, though the administration is in talks with the Mexican government to include families. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "US struggling with growing number of asylum seekers," 1 Apr. 2019 The Trump administration has been pressing China to loosen restrictions that U.S.... Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Trade Negotiators Take Aim at China’s Cybersecurity Law," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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administration

noun

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)

administration

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce administration (audio) \

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

administration

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ əd-ˌmin-ə-ˈstrā-shən, (ˌ)ad- How to pronounce administration (audio) \

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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administration

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce administration (audio) \

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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