verb (used with object), ad·min·is·trat·ed, ad·min·is·trat·ing.

Origin of administrate

1630–40; < Latin administrātus, past participle of administrāre to administer; see -ate1
Related formssub·ad·min·is·trate, verb (used with object), sub·ad·min·is·trat·ed, sub·ad·min·is·trat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for administrate

Historical Examples of administrate

  • Does the president of the Bold Bucks pretend to administrate a court of honor?

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • If it isn't then we may as well cease any attempt to administrate the law!

    The Everett massacre

    Walker C. Smith

  • He had within him the faculty to command, to administrate, to organize.

    Bella Donna

    Robert Hichens

  • You do not want it, of course, and therefore it is only to be yours that you may administrate it in accordance to my wishes.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • Personally, although this is looking some way ahead, I would like to see the English take over and administrate the Congo.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa

    Richard Harding Davis

British Dictionary definitions for administrate



to manage or direct (the affairs of a business, institution, etc)
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Word Origin and History for administrate

1630s, from Latin administratus, past participle of administrare (see administer). In modern use a back-formation from administration. Related: Administrated; administrating.

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