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)

transitive verb

1
: to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of
administer a trust fund
2
a
: 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
administrable adjective
administrant noun

Example Sentences

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 Eventually, people may even be able to self-administer them at home. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Dorfman also shared that her partner helps give her estrogen shots and has consulted the star on how to administer it from a distance. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 These medicines usually have some kind of contraindications, and the program requires a provider to be certified to administer them. Jen Christensen, CNN, 1 Nov. 2022 The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors administer it to eligible infants anywhere RSV is prevalent. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 Just as difficult as finding the phages was then figuring out how to purify and administer them. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 Companies will need to hash out prices and contracts with doctors, pharmacies, insurance plans, and distributors, both to buy the products and to administer them. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2022 The city received about 4,000 doses on Friday, enabling it to restart vaccinations, and hopes to administer them by mid-week, said Dr. Lukejohn Day, chief medical officer at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Don Thompson, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 The commerce department approves the state zones, while local governments administer them. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of administer was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near administer

Cite this Entry

“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

administer

verb

ad·​min·​is·​ter əd-ˈmin-ə-stər How to pronounce administer (audio)
administered; administering -st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce administer (audio)
1
: to direct the affairs of : manage
administer a government
2
: to give out as deserved
administer justice
3
: to give formally or ceremonially
administer the sacraments
4
: to give as treatment
administer a drug

Medical Definition

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

Legal Definition

administer

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to manage the affairs of (as a government or agency)
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
administrable adjective

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