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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Her father worked at the University of Nigeria as a professor of statistics and later as its deputy vice chancellor, her mother was an administrator, and Adichie herself later studied medicine there. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Female Leaders, All From Families of Immigrants, Share Their Stories," 22 Aug. 2018 Before embarking on a career in the New York inspector general’s office, Lipari was an administrator with the Citizen Review Board in Syracuse, N.Y., handling complaint intake, internal and public reporting and community outreach. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Ex-history instructor nominated to post overseeing Chicago police reform efforts," 12 July 2018 There will also be administrators on site who can privately talk to families who have personal issues related to their child’s education. Talia Richman,, "Anne Arundel school system to launch first-ever 'Summer Series' to discuss education issues," 5 July 2018 Hayes, a 2016 National Teacher of the Year who was recognized by President Barack Obama and is a Waterbury school administrator, was recruited to run by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Neil Vigdor,, "Democrat Shannon Kula Fails To Qualify For 5th Congressional District Primary," 29 June 2018 Letty Zepeda, who has been with the department for two years and has more than 28 years of experience working in government, is the new administrator. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County reports construction cost savings," 20 June 2018 Cutts is the current acting administrator of the United States Digital Service—a federal agency that is basically the federal government’s friendly IT staff. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uncle Sam wants you to join the United States Digital Service," 3 June 2018 Jan Bills is the administrator for a Facebook page called Royal Oak RATS (Residents Are The Solution). Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to rid your home and yard of rats without using poison," 1 June 2018 Jeffries, a first-grade teacher, has been organizing since 2002 to get more teachers and educators on the board, which sets policies for teachers and administrators to implement, impacting kindergarten through 12th grade. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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