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 McBride said the resolution was an order that was directed to the city administrator and police chief. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Wauwatosa officer who was suspended wasn't given due process, the police union claims. The mayor says that's not true.," 3 Aug. 2020 Splashdown is set for 2:48 p.m. EDT (1:48 p.m. CST) and, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, the waters off Pensacola are targeted as the primary return location. Leada Gore |, al, "SpaceX astronauts back on Earth as capsule splashes down in Gulf of Mexico: Watch live," 2 Aug. 2020 On April 2, the administrator of OGUsers announced that the forum had been hacked; a few days later, court documents say, a rival hacking gang put out a download link to a database of user information. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught," 31 July 2020 The city later reversed the decision of the administrator and approved the claim, after facing criticism from firefighters and state lawmakers. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, "Why Arizona police and fire unions launched a campaign against Glendale's mayor," 31 July 2020 Philbert had been at U-M since 1995 and was known as a talented, charming, empathetic researcher and administrator. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-U-M official sexually harassed employees, had sex in offices, investigation shows," 31 July 2020 An administrator clarified that voters could also use blue pens. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Accessibility Lawsuits, Mail Voting Expansion, USPS Woes and More," 31 July 2020 Born in Midland, the 39-year-old arts administrator spent most of his life in Lexington, Kentucky. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio classical music camp with West Side roots is surviving pandemic by acting globally," 30 July 2020 The police told Lancaster that someone in her son’s class, which was being held online because of the coronavirus, reported the gun, and a school administrator later told her that a screenshot made its way to school officials. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Maryland mother says school sent police to her home over BB gun on 11-year-old son's wall during virtual class," 12 June 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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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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