administrator

noun
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.

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Taylor, a former nurse who then worked as a hospital administrator at Duke and Ohio State, said opioid addiction may now be the worst public health problem of our time, similar to the AIDS/HIV epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Google owner Alphabet is tackling the opioid crisis," 14 June 2019 Also, Lillard who takes a hands-on approach to everything attached to his name, worked directly with teachers and school administrators to brainstorm ways to bolster his campaign and encourage students. Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard earns J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from Professional Basketball Writers Association," 12 June 2019 Allies in the education reform movement argued school systems should hold teachers and administrators more accountable for student performance by offering merit pay and closing down failing schools. NBC News, "Unchartered territory: 2020 Democrats back away from charter schools," 9 June 2019 The original text said D.C. chancellor of public schools Michelle Rhee sees teachers, administrators, and in some cases parents as the main problem. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 In Los Angeles, teachers and administrators greeted students with smiles, hugs and high-fives. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Los Angeles teachers return to classes after reaching deal," 23 Jan. 2019 Yet many of the schools where these uneven discipline rates persist have minority principals and no shortage of minority teachers and administrators. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Obama’s Racial Preferences Made Schools Dangerous," 25 Dec. 2018 The process began several months prior and involved input from students, teachers, administrators and local stakeholders. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Which Confederate statues were removed? A running list," 21 Aug. 2018 The city of Pewaukee Fire Department and village of Pewaukee Police Department will offer training on the kits this summer and fall to teachers and administrators. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Positively Pewaukee trying to raise funds for trauma kits in Pewaukee schools," 25 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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administrator

noun

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)

administrator

noun
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

administrator

noun
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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