- to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of: to administer the law.
- to bring into use or operation: to administer justice; to administer last rites.
- to make application of; give: to administer medicine.
- to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like).
- Law. to manage or dispose of, as a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator or a trust estate by a trustee.
- to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to): to administer to the poor.
- to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.
Origin of administer
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Examples from the Web for self-administered
The injections cost about $1,630 per pack of five syringes and must be self-administered.In China, ‘Leftover Women’ Get Plastic Surgery
August 4, 2013
But the self-administered discipline failed to correct her attitude.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
That blow, self-administered, is Heaven's last warning to England.The Message
Alec John Dawson
And, if self-administered, what can have become of the syringe?Cleek of Scotland Yard
Thomas W. Hanshew
This presumably referred to the self-administered oath of 1882.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)
Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
It is for this individual, self-administered education that the public library furnishes the opportunity and the means.A Library Primer
John Cotton Dana
- (of medicine, etc) given by oneself
- (also intr) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
- to put into execution; dispenseadminister justice
- (when intr, foll by to) to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief
- to apply formally; performto administer extreme unction
- to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
- to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)
Word Origin and History for self-administered
late 14c., administren, aministren "to manage as a steward," from Old French amenistrer "help, aid, be of service to" (12c., Modern French administrer, the -d- restored 16c.), and directly from Latin administrare "manage, control, guide, superintend; rule direct," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ministrare "serve" (see minister (v.)). Used of medicine, etc., "to give," from 1540s. Related: Administered; administering.