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 contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to): to administer to those in need of aid.
to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.
- ad·min·is·trant [ad-min-uh-struhnt], /ædˈmɪn ə strənt/, noun
- non·ad·min·is·trant, adjective
- self-ad·min·is·tered, adjective
- self-ad·min·is·ter·ing, adjective
- un·ad·min·is·tered, adjective
- well-ad·min·is·tered, adjective
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How to use administer in a sentence
She was administering CPR when an FDNY ambulance arrived and those paramedics took over.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops | Michael Daly | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sure, I can counsel concerned parents that none of the childhood vaccines I will be administering contain thimerosal.
The first shot of his face is sort-of a peek-a-boo in between bouts of administering some, um, oral pleasure.‘True Blood’ Star Ryan Kwanten Looks Back on Jason Stackhouse’s Craziest Scenes | Kevin Fallon | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Administering chemotherapy in hospital outpatient settings is even more expensive, studies show.
The evidence against administering the MMR vaccine to healthy individuals is utterly without merit.Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. | Russell Saunders | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aristide washed and powdered Jean himself, the landlord lounging by, pipe in mouth, administering suggestions.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The number of Boas-Oppler bacilli can be increased by administering a few ounces of sugar of milk the day before the examination.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
In the early days of administering the patent law injunctions were granted against infringers.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The British system of administering justice is one that in many particulars we could imitate to advantage in this country.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
She had an artless way of administering cruel stabs to her female acquaintances which frequently turned them into enemies.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for administer
(also intr) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
to put into execution; dispense: administer justice
(when intr, foll by to) to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief
to apply formally; perform: to administer extreme unction
to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)
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