verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of administer
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|DAILY BEAST
“We hired Eisenhower to run the Cold War, not administer shots,” says Pitney.
Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, a psychologist who directs clinical training at Fordham University, did not just administer tests.
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|DAILY BEAST
We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.
An excellent hospital is established there, with a house adequate for the religious who administer it.
It was four hundred miles to the nearest man who was authorized to administer an oath.Then and Now|Robert Vaughn
See and hear—the senses must administer to the understanding.Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
Take then the robe of Romulus, and administer the laws of Rome.The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The men who administer the government of India have a chronically difficult job on their hands.Drugging a Nation|Samuel Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for administer
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for administer
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.