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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Whatever the reason, Lovett became the latest member of a growing class of distinguished students whose graduation speeches have been silenced or blunted by school administrators. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The black valedictorian wasn’t allowed to speak. So the mayor gave him a microphone.," 5 July 2018 African-American students rightly complained that school administrators had failed to maintain a safe and inclusive atmosphere. Adrian Walker,, "Another BPS superintendent has come and gone. Now what?," 1 July 2018 In addition to her long career as an artist, Namnoum has enjoyed a career as a public high school art teacher and school administrator. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 But Malloy said the bill could lead to school administrators disproportionately cracking down on African-American and Latino students and students with special needs. Christopher Keating,, "All Malloy Vetoes Upheld; Lawmakers Fail On Overrides," 25 June 2018 School administrators refused CBS New York's request for comment on the matter. CBS News, "School accused of doing nothing to stop bullying of girl who took her life," 21 June 2018 The program was introduced to Kettle Moraine after middle school administrators attended a conference in July 2017, the petition site said. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform," 21 June 2018 During campaign season, Siddiqui said that school administrators have re-emphasized the school system’s policy prohibiting political activities using school emails and property. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Solicitation for campaign workers forwarded by principal on Howard public school email," 18 June 2018 The findings in a state audit that uncovered evidence that indicates two former San Ysidro school administrators may have conspired to engage in fraud or misappropriate district funds have been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. David Hernandez,, "Audit findings related to ex-San Ysidro school administrators turned over to the DA," 16 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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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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