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administer

[ad-min-uh-ster]
verb (used with object)
  1. to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of: to administer the law.
  2. to bring into use or operation: to administer justice; to administer last rites.
  3. to make application of; give: to administer medicine.
  4. to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like).
  5. Law. to manage or dispose of, as a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator or a trust estate by a trustee.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to): to administer to the poor.
  2. to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.
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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 unadministered

Historical Examples of unadministered

  • The hills were divided into administered and unadministered tracts.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • We camped at Nsentaru Ferry, forbidden to cross, as the enclave between the two rivers is unadministered territory.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • The great majority of these Wa live in unadministered British territory.


British Dictionary definitions for unadministered

administer

verb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
  2. to put into execution; dispenseadminister justice
  3. (when intr, foll by to) to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief
  4. to apply formally; performto administer extreme unction
  5. to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
  6. to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)
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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 unadministered

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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