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.
Recent Examples on the Web Virgin Australia has attracted at least 20 potential buyers as its administrator, Deloitte, races to sell the airline within two months of its collapse. Manuel Baigorri, Bloomberg.com, "Brookfield, Indian Tycoon Said to Mull Virgin Australia Bids," 13 May 2020 Poe served for 12 years as the district's top administrator. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Boone County Schools promotes high school principal to superintendent role," 12 May 2020 Its administrators, who went by the names Mary and Natasha, recruited a coterie of enthusiastic organizers to promote the rally. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 Ask your nursing home administrator to update families weekly through a conference call or Zoom video chat. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Have a loved one in a nursing home? Here are steps you can take to protect them during the coronavirus pandemic," 11 May 2020 The bill also requires the secretary of Health and Human Services and the administrator of the FEMA to submit a weekly report on the requests by states and the implementation of resources to state and local governments. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna introduce legislation to bolster production of PPE," 4 May 2020 So, along with everything else, parents are now moonlighting as DMV administrators. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Georgia Gets Rid of Driver's License Road Tests during Pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 The suit names the SBA, its administrator, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the United States as defendants. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Strip clubs sue to get COVID-19 relief money too," 15 Apr. 2020 More outrageous still, oftentimes even when resourceful practitioners manage to procure their own PPE, hospital administrators are prohibiting its use, citing arcane policies, panicky patients, and concerns over image. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "How a COVID-19 Diagnosis Changed This Plastic Surgeon's Perspective on Aesthetic Medicine," 15 Apr. 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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The first known use of administrator was in the 15th century

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Administrator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administrator. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for administrator

administrator

noun
How to pronounce administrator (audio)

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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