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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Warren has long been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and his administration, who have never shied away from attacking her. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Senator Elizabeth Warren Announces Her 2020 Presidential Run," 31 Dec. 2018 Establishing both the Space Force and US Space Command have been major talking points for the Trump administration throughout the last year. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 In 2016, the Obama administration lifted a long-standing ban on trans people serving in the military. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Supreme Court Allows Trump's Transgender Military Ban to Go Into Effect Temporarily," 22 Jan. 2019 Hitting bookshelves on March 5, the YA anthology features stories from 10 young staffers in their twenties who joined the Obama administration in hopes of making a difference. Yara Shahidi, Teen Vogue, ""Yes She Can" Is the Yara Shahidi-Approved Collection of Stories From Young Women Staffers of the Obama White House," 14 Jan. 2019 In most cases cultural heritage administrations have only a vague idea of what is out there. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 From the beginning of the Trump administration, critics have chided President Trump for not working more closely with allies. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó Foresees ‘Peaceful and Constitutional’ Takeover," 28 Jan. 2019 The Trump-Pence administration recently proposed a rule that would restrict access to Title X, which means that millions of women could lose access to critical health care services that help prevent or detect cervical cancer. Leana Wen, SELF, "Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer at a Routine Screening," 28 Jan. 2019 In 2018, Carson continued his re-evaluation of Obama-era policy, most notably attempting to undo two of the most consequential regulations of that administration. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 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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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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