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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Parents were notified on Sept. 10 that plans to administer COVID-19 saliva tests weekly to unvaccinated students have been pushed back a week to Sept. 20 due to the delay from SHIELD Illinois, which will be conducting the testing at each school. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2021 If none of them gets vaccinated, that means that businesses are going to have to administer tests. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021 In the creek, the van stopped again to administer COVID-19 vaccines at another cluster of tents. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The fair also plans to offer public coronavirus testing, administer COVID-19 vaccines at two locations, reduce vendors by 25%, and provide additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 The health room in each AACPS school has the ability to administer rapid COVID-19 tests for symptomatic students. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Health care providers who administer COVID-19 vaccinations are required to document the date and the type of vaccination shot given on a small, white card that serves as an official immunization record. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2021 An attempt was made to administer field sobriety tests, but when given instructions, the woman merely stared. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 Aresco indicated that the AAC wouldn’t have to administer as many as three COVID tests each week during the season but did say the league would test unvaccinated players. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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

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18 Sep 2021

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“Administer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/administer. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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administer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of administer

: to manage the operation of (something, such as a company or government) or the use of (something, such as property)
: to provide or apply (something, such as justice) : to put (something) into effect
: to give or present (something) officially or as part of a ceremony

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

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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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