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
At night, high on the tranquilizers the staff administers to orphans—this is the early 1960s—she practices tactics in bed, staring up at a chess board that she hallucinates on the ceiling.Scientists Analyzed 24,000 Chess Matches to Understand Cognition - Facts So Romantic | Brian Gallagher | November 20, 2020 | Nautilus
A 2017 study, based on surveys administered before and after the 2012 election, found that “belief in election fraud is a common and predictable consequence of both underlying conspiratorial thinking and motivated partisan reasoning.”Why America Is Ripe for Election Conspiracy Theorizing - Facts So Romantic | Brian Gallagher | November 17, 2020 | Nautilus
Many of the available antigen tests require machines to read the results or someone who’s trained to administer the test.Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit | by Lisa Song | November 16, 2020 | ProPublica
The patches don’t have the same cold temperature requirements for storage that the syringe-based measles vaccine does, says Moss, and the adhesive-backed patches can be administered with minimal training.Measles has come back with a vengeance in the last several years | Aimee Cunningham | November 13, 2020 | Science News
Second, elections are administered, and House districts drawn, by partisan politicians.The crisis isn’t too much polarization. It’s too little democracy. | Ezra Klein | November 12, 2020 | Vox
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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