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administer

[ ad-min-uh-ster ]
/ ædˈmɪn ə stər /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

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Origin of administer

1325–75; <Latin administrāre to assist, carry out, manage the affairs of (see ad-, minister); replacing Middle English amynistre (with a-5) <Middle French aministrer

synonym study for administer

1. See rule.

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British Dictionary definitions for administer

administer
/ (ədˈmɪnɪstə) /

verb (mainly tr)

(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 for administer

C14: amynistre, via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrāre to minister
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