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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THE LIGHTBULB Green groups wasted little time denouncing the administration’s environmental policies in the hours after President Trump announced his controversial Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was stepping down. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke," 9 July 2018 McMahon’s mother, Linda ran for the Senate in Connecticut in 2010, losing to Richard Blumenthal, and currently serves in President Donald Trump’s cabinet as administrator of the Small Business Administration. Rebecca Lurye,, "Meet The Chinese Media Tycoon Behind West Hartford's Tech Hub," 4 July 2018 Commissioners accepted a resolution recognizing Keith Letta in his retirement as administrator of the health department. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County reports construction cost savings," 20 June 2018 The scams have also gotten the attention of financial regulators, who penalized a company last year for failing to appropriately supervise its fund administrator after a similar scam. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Officials Arrest Dozens in Email Scam Aimed at U.S. Businesses," 11 June 2018 The president continues to stand by his embattled EPA administrator, applauding him for his agency's efforts to help grow the economy by undoing Obama-era regulations. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Rest assured, Trump hotel mattress search among the personal tasks Pruitt aide said she did for the boss," 4 June 2018 It was filed late Thursday in federal court in Milwaukee by Fiebrink's estate and its special administrator, Shorewood attorney Nathaniel Cade. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family sues over woman's death in Milwaukee County jail," 1 June 2018 Our school administrators are developing expectations for athletics and extracurricular activities (ECAs). Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Eric Moore to remain Center Grove football coach following investigation," 25 May 2018 The senate confirm deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will take over on Monday, assume duty as the acting administrator of the EPA. Fox News, "President Trump faces pivotal days at home and overseas," 6 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of administrator

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


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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