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 Dunn is the sixth top administrator to resign in the past six months, following Katz; Superintendent Robert Runcie, General Counsel Barbara Myrick, Chief Financial Officer Judith Marte and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Maurice Woods. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Under Bush, Hutchinson was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration from 2001 to 2003. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2021 But beyond mask mandates, there’s a lot to running the school, to leading the staff and being an administrator. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 From January 2015 through July 2018, Kovalenko was the administrator and pastor at St. John and St. Eugene. John Caniglia, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 Power is the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has disaster crews on the ground. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 14 Aug. 2021 Compared to the forty-fifth president, New York’s governor was a skilled administrator and communicator. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Cake wasn’t an actual administrator, Chef Hops wrote, just someone pretending to be. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 The district strongly believes the future of education is digital, said Ross Menlove, who has been an administrator there for years and will lead the new elementary, Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary School. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021

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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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More Definitions for administrator

administrator

noun

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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