administer

[ad-min-uh-ster]
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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.

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
Related formsad·min·is·trant [ad-min-uh-struhnt] /ædˈmɪn ə strənt/, nounnon·ad·min·is·trant, adjectiveself-ad·min·is·tered, adjectiveself-ad·min·is·ter·ing, adjectiveun·ad·min·is·tered, adjectivewell-ad·min·is·tered, adjective

Synonyms for administer

Synonym study

1. See rule.
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Examples from the Web for self-administered

Contemporary Examples of self-administered

Historical Examples of self-administered

  • But the self-administered discipline failed to correct her attitude.

    Patchwork

    Anna Balmer Myers

  • That blow, self-administered, is Heaven's last warning to England.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • And, if self-administered, what can have become of the syringe?

    Cleek of Scotland Yard

    Thomas W. Hanshew

  • This presumably referred to the self-administered oath of 1882.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)

    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson

  • It is for this individual, self-administered education that the public library furnishes the opportunity and the means.

    A Library Primer

    John Cotton Dana


British Dictionary definitions for self-administered

self-administered

adjective

(of medicine, etc) given by oneself

administer

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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Word Origin and History for self-administered

administer

v.

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.

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