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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Recent Examples on the Web Even Wheeler, one of 5G’s most prominent hype men only a few years ago, has come out against the current FCC administration’s handling of 5G cybersecurity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Something in the Air," 14 May 2020 The administration also said that the Ohio Department of Health notified on Monday that 28 new cases of coronavirus in residents had been confirmed. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland reports 41st COVID-19 coronavirus death, 28 new confirmed cases," 12 May 2020 Musk also has powerful supporters in the Trump administration. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Elon Musk is becoming the face of reopening society in the tech industry," 11 May 2020 Tricia Foster, the state's chief operating officer, said that Trump administration officials agreed on Friday to provide more supplies to increase testing from about 14,000 tests a day to close to 30,000 over the next 30 days. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Gretchen Whitmer reacts to threats against her, others with another protest looming," 11 May 2020 The Trump administration says the Nixon case was different from the grand jury investigation by New York prosecutor Cyrus Vance. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Will the US Supreme Court let Trump keep his many secrets?," 10 May 2020 Avery is now the first four-year college graduate in his household, graduating with a degree in sports administration. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football's C.J. Avery graduated in 3 years to meet a goal. He's not alone," 8 May 2020 According to an anonymous administration official, the president will soon begin to share this idea in public. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt," 8 May 2020 The administration says that Fauci's time is better spent focused on the pandemic itself. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coronavirus Monday update, May 4," 4 May 2020

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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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The first known use of administration was in the 14th century

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administration. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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administration

noun
How to pronounce administration (audio)

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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