- 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 administering
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
December 22, 2014
Sure, I can counsel concerned parents that none of the childhood vaccines I will be administering contain thimerosal.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History
July 23, 2014
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
June 22, 2014
Administering chemotherapy in hospital outpatient settings is even more expensive, studies show.Having Cancer Gets Even More Expensive
Kaiser Health News
June 17, 2014
Brutalized prison guards contributed to the misery, mistreating the mentally ill and administering cruel interrogations.From Hollywood Socialite to Catholic Missionary
October 27, 2013
But I have not what is necessary for administering the last sacraments.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
That justice it is my joy to feel that my hand has brought its administering about.The Golden Woman
Administering reproof and punishment for offences as they occur.The Teacher
Fuseli thought the occasion a worthy one for administering a rebuke.Art in England
A more insulting method of administering a rebuke could not have been devised.John Quincy Adams
John. T. Morse
- (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 administering
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.