Verb administer Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


administer (third-person singular simple present administers, present participle administering, simple past and past participle administered)

  1. (transitive) To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
  2. (transitive) To apportion out.
  3. (transitive) 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. (intransitive) To minister (to).
  5. (law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
  6. To tender, as an oath.
  7. (medicine) To give a drug to a patient, be it orally or by any other means.

More definition: manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of, to administer the law. bring into use or operation, to administer justice; to administer last rites. make application of; give, to administer medicine. 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. contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to), to administer to the poor. perform the duties of an administrator, She administers quite effectively.

1. (also intransitive) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)

2. to put into execution; dispense, administer justice

3. when intr, foll by to. to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief

4. to apply formally; perform, to administer extreme unction

5. to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)

6. to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc) Word OriginC14, amynistre, via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrāre to ministerCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


Others had tried to administer to her but he knew it was pointless and turned away.

These are ecclesiastically of equal rank, though differentiated, according to their duties, as ministers who preach and administer the sacraments, and as elders who are associated with the ministers in the oversight of the people.

(See NEW Jersey.) But beyond question the most interesting event in connexion with Quakerism in America is the foundation by William Penn (q.v.) of the colony of Pennsylvania, where he hoped to carry into effect the principles of his sect - to found and govern a colony without armies or military power, to reduce the Indians by justice and kindness to civilization and Christianity, to administer justice without oaths, and to extend an equal toleration to all persons who professed a belief in God.

The chiefs, however, are allowed to administer their own affairs, as far as may be, in accordance with their own customs, subject to the supervision of the superintendent of the Chin hills.

They often persist under Ottoman forms, and three courts of First Instance, under the mejliss, and superior to the petty courts of the mudirs and the village sheikhs, administer justice.

Powers to summon witnesses, to administer oaths and to award expenses), and specifies the time within which the "decreet arbitral" is to be pronounced.

In concluding treaties with the vassal princes since 1905, the Dutch have kept in view the necessity of compelling them properly to administer the revenues of their states, which some of them formerly squandered in their personal uses.

"I wonder, is it not too late to administer unction?" asked the lady, adding the priest's clerical title, as if she had no opinion of her own on the subject.

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