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

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Examples of administrator in a Sentence

Her eldest son will act as the administrator of the estate.
Recent Examples on the Web Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, said her agency had acted quickly and aggressively to protect nursing homes. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Covid-19 Stalked Nursing Homes Around the World," 31 Dec. 2020 The county received about 3,000 vaccines on Monday and is expecting more, said Aaron Kissler, the administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County. John Cutter,, "Lake changes, will give COVID-19 vaccine to seniors on first-come, first-served basis," 30 Dec. 2020 Marla McHughes, assistant administrator of drivers services with the Finance Department, said if an individual’s driver’s license is not renewed, the fee is $10 to exchange for a Real ID. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Grown: What is a Real ID and how do I get one in Arkansas?," 30 Dec. 2020 Her mother, Jean (Dutro) Myers, nicknamed Bottsy, was a homemaker who became the chief administrator of the academic senate at the University of California, Los Angeles. New York Times, "Jeannie Morris, Trailblazing Chicago Sportscaster, Dies at 85," 24 Dec. 2020 The issue is so polarizing that the administrator of the Facebook group Frisco Residents Who Care often turns off comments on posts involving COVID-19 because many would be reported as offensive. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "COVID-19 complaint against Frisco leaders not wearing masks exposes divide among city’s residents," 21 Dec. 2020 Sydney Roberts, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, recommended earlier this year that Catanzara be fired in the case while Brown disagreed, calling for a one-year suspension. Jeremy Gorner,, "Controversial president of Chicago police union faces possible firing over inflammatory posts on social media," 17 Dec. 2020 Ron Watkins, a former administrator of 8kun, which is owned by his father, Jim Watkins. Rob Kuznia, CNN, "How Qanon's lies are hijacking the national conversation," 15 Dec. 2020 Lina Dureza, administrator of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, said staff members provide presents for residents during this time of year, but the extra support is always welcomed. Darcie Ortique,, "Tanya Smolkin wanted to help someone during the pandemic; she returned to her hometown with gift bags for nursing home residents," 14 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Administrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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