administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering\ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio) \

Definition of administer

transitive verb

1 : to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of administer a trust fund
2a : to provide or apply : dispense administer justice administer punishment
b : to give officially or as part of a ritual administer a test administer the last rites
c : to give remedially administer a dose of medicine

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the office of administrator
2 : to furnish a benefit : minister administer to an ailing friend
3 : to manage affairs

Other Words from administer

administrable \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strə-​bəl How to pronounce administer (audio) \ adjective
administrant \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strənt How to pronounce administer (audio) \ noun

Examples of administer in a Sentence

As a cost-saving measure, voters have elected to have the two towns administered jointly. The UN personnel are there to help administer the territory. She's been hired to administer the fund. The assistant will administer the test. a priest to administer the sacraments
Recent Examples on the Web Some countries - such as Chile, which recently purchased 2 million Moderna doses - also are beginning to administer fourth doses, arguing that the additional shots are necessary to ensure sufficient protection against the still-circulating virus. Dan Diamond, Rachel Roubein And Yasmeen Abutaleb, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2022 Local school districts sometimes administer surveys to schools to help government or non-profit institutions analyze trends and better understand issues affecting children. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 4 May 2022 Often, organizations administer behavioral assessments to support employees in developing self-awareness, and research indicates that this tool is very effective in creating psychological safety in the workplace. Reena Khullar Sharma, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Many climate thinkers hope that the federal government will step in and administer carbon removal as a public waste-management service, at least in the United States. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 States administer the program, which is funded jointly by states and the federal government. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2022 In the same way, nation states must administer seabed activities with the aim of protecting the marine environment in their territorial waters. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 In larger states, such as California and Illinois, local boards also administer treatment services directly to clients. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 Immediately prior to the procedure, your doctor will administer eye drops to dilate your pupil and anesthetize your eye. Hoopes Vision, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of administer

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for administer

Middle English administren, aministren, borrowed from Anglo-French administrer, aministrer, borrowed from Latin administrāre "to assist, operate, perform, manage the affairs of," from ad- ad- + ministrāre "to wait on, serve, furnish" — more at minister entry 2

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21 May 2022

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“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for administer

administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering

Kids Definition of administer

1 : to be in charge of : manage She administers an athletic program.
2 : to give out as deserved administer justice
3 : to give officially administer an oath The teacher administered the test.
4 : to give or supply as treatment administer medicine

administer

transitive verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmin-ə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering\ -​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio) \

Medical Definition of administer

: to give (as medicine) remedially the antibiotic may be administered orally or by injection

administer

verb
ad·​min·​is·​ter | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio) \
administered; administering

Legal Definition of administer

transitive verb

1 : to manage the affairs of (as a government or agency)
2a : to direct or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of administer a trust fund
b : to settle (an estate) under a court appointment as administrator or executor
3a : to give ritually administer an oath
b : to give (as a narcotic) for the purpose of ingesting

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the office of an administrator or executor
2 : to manage or conduct affairs

Other Words from administer

administrable \ əd-​ˈmi-​nə-​strə-​bəl How to pronounce administer (audio) \ adjective

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