administrator

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tor | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər, -ˌstrā-ˌtȯr\

Definition of administrator 

1 : a person legally vested with the right of administration of an estate

2a : one who administers especially business, school, or governmental affairs

b : a person who manages a computer network or system network administrators

3 : a priest appointed to administer a diocese or parish temporarily

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Examples of administrator in a Sentence

Her eldest son will act as the administrator of the estate.

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In matters of opinion, the judgment of administrators will prevail. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "A High School Assistant Principal Told Students to "Blame the Girls" for Dress Code Rules," 27 Sep. 2018 This decision was attributed to a number of factors, but Florida Senator Bill Nelson's close relationship with the new administrator at the time, Charles Bolden, probably sealed the deal. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Texas lawmakers press NASA to base lunar lander program in Houston," 29 Aug. 2018 Over 10 episodes of America to Me, named for a line in a poem by Langston Hughes, James and his crew follow 12 OPRF students, along with several administrators and teachers, through the 2015–’16 school year. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 great social issues documentaries that help explain America in 2018," 24 Aug. 2018 Beside him are Derek, an armed school resource officer, and a handful of school administrators. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 The investor remained in touch with the administrator, however. Josh Dawsey, latimes.com, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group," 13 June 2018 The investor remained in touch with the administrator, however. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group," 13 June 2018 The probe eventually caught up with other administrators, including Superintendent Denise Birdwell. Yihyun Jeong, azcentral, "Scottsdale schools' ex-CFO pleads not guilty to fraud, conflicts of interest," 7 June 2018 The department made contact with administrators of the school Thursday and began investigating. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Torrington Middle School Student Arrested After Making 'Threatening Statements'," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of administrator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for administrator

Middle English administratour, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin administātor "person in charge, manager," from administrāre "to administer" + -tor, agent suffix

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administrator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of administrator

: a person whose job is to manage a company, school, or other organization

: a person who controls the use of something (such as property or money)

administrator

noun
ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tor | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər \

Kids Definition of administrator

: a person who administers business, school, or government affairs

administrator

noun
ad·​min·​i·​stra·​tor | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər \

Legal Definition of administrator 

1 : a person appointed by a probate court to manage the distribution of the assets in the estate of a person who has died without leaving a valid will or leaving a will that does not name an executor able or willing to perform — see also administratrix, letters of administration at letter sense 2 — compare executor, personal representative

administrator ad litem

: an administrator appointed to represent an estate that is a necessary party to a lawsuit

administrator cum testamento annexo

: administrator with the will annexed in this entry

administrator de bonis non \ -​dē-​ˈbō-​nis-​ˈnän, -​dā-​ˈbō-​nis-​ˈnōn \

: an administrator appointed to administer the remaining assets in the estate when the preceding administrator or executor can or will no longer perform

administrator pendente lite \ -​pen-​ˈden-​tē-​ˈlī-​tē, -​pen-​ˈden-​tā-​ˈlē-​tā \

: special administrator in this entry

administrator with the will annexed

: an administrator appointed to administer an estate where the will names no executor or where the named executor is incapable of performing or unwilling to perform

called also administrator cum testamento annexo

ancillary administrator

: a subordinate administrator appointed to administer the assets of an estate that are located in a different jurisdiction from the one where the deceased was domiciled and where the primary administration of the estate is taking place

foreign administrator

: an administrator appointed in another state

general administrator

: an administrator appointed to administer the entire estate of a deceased person in accordance with the laws of intestacy or in accordance with the will if there is one — compare special administrator in this entry

independent administrator

: an administrator whose administration of the estate is entirely or mostly unsupervised by the probate court

public administrator

1 : a public officer who administers the estates of deceased people when there is no one else willing or entitled to perform

2 : an administrator appointed in some states for the sole purpose of being responsible for the assets in an estate pending settlement of a dispute or when there is doubt as to who should be appointed administrator

special administrator

1 : an administrator appointed to administer only a designated part of the deceased person's estate

2 : an administrator appointed for the sole purpose of being responsible for the assets in an estate usually in some emergency (as a will contest) — compare general administrator in this entry

2 : a person that administers especially, often capitalized : the head of a government agency

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