What does administer mean?

Definitions for administer
ædˈmɪn ə stərad·min·is·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. administer, administrateverb

    work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of

    "administer a program"; "she administers the funds"

  2. administerverb

    perform (a church sacrament) ritually

    "administer the last unction"

  3. distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole outverb

    administer or bestow, as in small portions

    "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"

  4. administer, dispenseverb

    give or apply (medications)

  5. administerverb

    direct the taking of

    "administer an exam"; "administer an oath"


  1. administerverb

    To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.

    We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.

  2. administerverb

    To apportion out, as in administering justice.

  3. administerverb

    To manage or supervise the conduct, performance or execution of; to govern or regulate the parameters for the conduct, performance or execution of; to work in an administrative capacity.

  4. administerverb

    To minister to, as in administering to the sick.

  5. Etymology: From admynistren, from aminister, from administrare, from ad + ministrare, from minister; see minister.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADMINISTERverb

    Etymology: administro, Lat.

    Let zephyrs bland
    Administer their tepid genial airs;
    Naught fear he from the west, whose gentle warmth
    Discloses well the earth’s all-teeming womb. Philips.

    For forms of government let fools contest,
    Whate’er is best administer’d, is best. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    Have not they the old popish custom of administering the blessed sacrament of the holy eucharist with wafer-cakes? Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 10.

    Swear by the duty that you owe to heav’n,
    To keep the oath that we administer. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    I was carried on men’s shoulders, administering physick and phlebotomy. Lionel Wafer, Voyage.

    I must not omit, that there is a fountain rising in the upper part of my garden, which forms a little wandering rill, and administers to the pleasure, as well as the plenty, of the place. Spectator, №. 477.

    Neal’s order was never performed, because the executors durst not administer. Scriblerus Club , Martin. Scribler.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Administerverb

    to manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state

  2. Administerverb

    to dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament

  3. Administerverb

    to apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc

  4. Administerverb

    to tender, as an oath

  5. Administerverb

    to settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor

  6. Administerverb

    to contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister

  7. Administerverb

    to perform the office of administrator; to act officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B

  8. Administernoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Administer

    ad-min′is-tėr, v.t. to manage as a steward, substitute, or executor: to supply: to conduct or execute, as offices of religion: to apply: to impose.—v.i. to bring aid (with to).—adjs. Admin′istrable, that may be administered; Admin′istrant.—n. Administrā′tion, the act of administering: management: dispensation of sacraments: the power or party that administers the government of the country.—adj. Admin′istrative, that administers.—n. Administrā′tor, one who manages or directs: the person to whom is committed, under a commission entitled Letters of Administration, the administration or distribution of the personal estate of any one dying intestate or leaving a will in which no executor is named:—fem. Administrā′trix.—n. Administrā′torship. [Through Fr. from L. administrāre—ad, to, and ministrāre, to minister.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'administer' in Verbs Frequency: #749

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of administer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of administer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of administer in a Sentence

  1. Thor Eells:

    If you're in a classroom with innocent victims, and I know that shots have been fired, I need to engage you, even if you stopped firing, I'm going to make entry into the room so we can begin to administer life-saving aid to any potential victims.

  2. New America Education:

    The Common Core-aligned tests being developed by two state consortia are expected to be harder than ones states administer now, and, particularly at first, fewer students will pass them.

  3. David Lucas:

    By the time the first DNR Officer arrived on scene (Officer [Austin] Pritcher), all occupants of the boat except for Anthony Cook and Mallory Beach had been transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, there was no opportunity for DNR to administer Field Sobriety Tests (FST) in this case.

  4. George Pratt Shultz:

    Nothing ever gets settled in this town. ... a seething debating society in which the debate never stops, in which people never give up, including me. And so that's the atmosphere in which you administer.

  5. Jamil Sebe:

    The project will have 90 million tonnes of capacity when it opens, but Vale wants to administer the ramp-up curve in line with the market.

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. adventure
    • B. emerge
    • C. interrupt
    • D. obligate

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