- 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 administer
The Liberian AIDS commission is now going door-to-door to administer antiretroviral medications to known patients.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 23, 2014
“We hired Eisenhower to run the Cold War, not administer shots,” says Pitney.How Presidents Handle Pandemics
October 16, 2014
Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, a psychologist who directs clinical training at Fordham University, did not just administer tests.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
When Jerry Lee was taken home and his car was towed from the ditch, the deputies forgot to administer a test for intoxication.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.What Pope Francis Can Teach the GOP
January 6, 2014
They administer stinging rebukes that leave the adversary writhing.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Her first duty was clearly to administer to his comfort, and that was precisely what she would do.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
“What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.The Secret Agent
There was no one else to administer judgment, and Mrs. Wilson felt the necessity.Meadow Grass
The Barnacle family had for some time helped to administer the Circumlocution Office.Little Dorrit
- (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 administer
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.