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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In the second year of the Bush presidency, responding to implacable pressures from the Reagan and Bush administrations, the Soviet Union imploded. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Read Brian Mulroney's Moving Eulogy at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 The two young women eventually spoke with the advisor for the school’s Native American Club, who helped them report the incidents to the school administration. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 The base was rendered completely inoperable, although the Trump administration and the U.S. Air Force are determined to rebuild. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane-Battered F-22s Are Now Flying Out of Michael's Aftermath," 6 Nov. 2018 Their findings, however, should give even the Trump administration pause: Global warming could cause more harm to the US economy by 2100 than even the Great Recession did. Umair Irfan, Vox, "3 big takeaways from the major new US climate report," 24 Nov. 2018 Request a meeting with administration and ask your most influential and articulate group member to serve as spokesperson. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "Struggling in the chaotic, stressful health-care workplace," 21 Nov. 2018 Point person on the administration’s promises to champion women and girls. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "When Will Ivanka Trump Stop Getting Excused for Screwing Up?," 20 Nov. 2018 The next priority of the current U.S. presidential administration is to start moon missions using a Deep Space Gateway space station. Elizabeth Howell,, "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon," 21 Aug. 2018 The Trump administration is planning to house families together in camps on military bases—a far cry from this large house. Jean Guerrero, Glamour, "We've Seen Pictures of Undocumented Boys in Government Facilities. Where Are the Girls?," 13 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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