- the management of any office, business, or organization; direction.
- the function of a political state in exercising its governmental duties.
- the duty or duties of an administrator in exercising the executive functions of the position.
- the management by an administrator of such duties.
- a body of administrators, especially in government.
- (often initial capital letter) the executive branch of the U.S. government as headed by the president and in power during his or her term of office: The administration has threatened to veto the new bill. The Reagan administration followed President Carter's.
- the period of service of a governmental administrator or body of governmental administrators.
- any group entrusted with executive or administrative powers: the administration of a college.
- Law. management of a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator, or of a trust estate by a trustee.
- an act of dispensing, especially formally: administration of the sacraments.
- supervision of the taking of an oath or the like.
- application, as of a salve or medicine.
Origin of administration
- management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution
- the duties of an administrator
- the body of people who administer an organization
- the conduct of the affairs of government
- term of office: often used of presidents, governments, etc
- the executive branch of government along with the public service; the government as a whole
- (often capital) mainly US the political executive, esp of the US; the government
- mainly US a government board, agency, authority, etc
- property law
- the conduct or disposal of the estate of a deceased person
- the management by a trustee of an estate subject to a trust
- the administering of something, such as a sacrament, oath, or medical treatment
- the thing that is administered
mid-14c., "act of giving or dispensing; late 14c., "management, act of administering," from Latin administrationem (nominative administratio) "direction, management," noun of action from past participle stem of administrare (see administer).
Early 15c. as "management of a deceased person's estate." Meaning "the government" is attested from 1731 in British usage. Meaning "a U.S. president's period in office" is first recorded 1796 in writings of George Washington.