ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tor | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər How to pronounce administrator (audio) , -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

Examples of administrator in a Sentence

Her eldest son will act as the administrator of the estate.
Recent Examples on the Web Krishna Thiagarajan, an experienced arts administrator, took over as president and chief executive in 2018. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Slater, who joined MDOT in 1999 and also served as state highway administrator, was known for his calm demeanor and ability to placate state lawmakers and local officials, even making project opponents feel heard. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 And though the agreement has been extended three times previously since 2015, there's no guarantee the landowner will agree to do so again, said Steve Howard, Camden County's government administrator. Russ Bynum, ajc, 11 Jan. 2022 According to one administrator, school system leadership spent most of the weekend trying to understand the extent of the problem and deciding which schools should close. Liz Bowie,, 9 Jan. 2022 As bookkeeper and financial administrator, Scott prepared financial reports for the firm’s partners — including statements and invoices for vendors and accounts payable. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Jan. 2022 Outside the hospital in Kabul, a young Taliban fighter—an AK-47 resting on his knee—lounged in a chair next to a government administrator typing texts on his phone. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2022 About 100 personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assigned to assist victims of the Marshall Fire, said FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell. Amir Vera And Steve Almasy, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 Yet in that time, the districts’ grades never improved, teacher and administrator turnover increased and students left the districts. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 3 Jan. 2022

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Administrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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)


ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tor | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər How to pronounce administrator (audio) \

Kids Definition of administrator

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


ad·​min·​i·​stra·​tor | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər How to pronounce administrator (audio) \

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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