Definition of administer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈminəstər/


[with object]
1Manage and be responsible for the running of (a business, organization, etc.): each school was administered separately
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  • The site is operated by the Pew Center on the States, a research organization administered by the University of Richmond.
  • All student organizations are administered by representatives.
  • Who will administer the department's business?
manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, govern, rule, lead, head, steer;
be in control of, be in charge of, be responsible for, be at the helm of
informal head up
1.1Be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources): a federal agency would administer new regulations
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  • After legislation is passed, laws are administered through regulatory agencies (eg, state boards of nursing).
  • In sum, at both national and European levels, self-regulation may be a useful adjunct to statutory regulation administered by a public agency, but cannot replace it.
  • There is a recognised division of responsibility in administering the law - no one can, for example, be simultaneously judge, prosecutor, and public defender.
2Dispense or apply (a remedy or drug): paramedic crews are capable of administering drugs
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  • The drug and placebo were administered at school.
  • Nurses are taking over tasks from junior doctors administering intravenous drugs, doing endoscopies, preoperative assessment, and some prescribing.
  • As a young child, Spear helped the local veterinarian with the livestock, including giving blood transfusions and administering medications.
dispense, issue, give, provide, apply, allot, distribute, hand out, dole out, disburse
2.1Deal out or inflict (punishment): retribution was administered to those found guilty
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  • And the old English common law treated the servant as a member of the family and that's why the master could administer corporal punishment for example.
  • But I'm not sure I agree with police being able to administer corporal punishment!
  • A curious person in court then wanted to know if the man had anything to say while he was administering the punishment.
inflict, mete out, deal out, deliver
2.2(Of a priest) perform the rites of (a sacrament, typically the Eucharist).
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  • The Sacrament will be administered by the priests at the ceremonies.
  • Male pastoral workers are allowed to work in parishes; deacons can administer the sacraments of baptism and marriage.
  • Parish directors and lay ministers are asked to prepare candidates for baptism or marriage, then to step aside when a priest arrives to administer the sacraments.
2.3 archaic or Law Direct the taking of (an oath): the chief justice will administer the oath of office
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  • Chief Justice John Marshall administers the oath of office to Andrew Jackson on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1829.
  • Before administering the oath of an attorney, Judge Hilberman reminded me of four important values we should strive to uphold as attorneys.
  • Politicians spoke, judges administered the oaths and newly naturalized citizens cheered.
3 [no object] Give help or service: we must selflessly administer to his needs
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  • I had one polygraph session, which the FBI did administer to me in January, and I was told I passed and the examiner was satisfied that I had told the truth.
  • There are some simple tests which Dr. Anselme wishes to administer to you to ascertain your mental capabilities on this particular day.
  • Once in Japan, the three surviving doctors are placed in concentration camps and continue to administer to the sick and wounded.



Pronunciation: /ədˈministrəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Finding easily administrable alternative revenue sources might be difficult.
  • The most we can say is that Congress intended the tax provisions to be both efficiently administrable and fair, and that this case reveals the tension that sometimes exists when Congress seeks to meet those twin aims.
  • A method for preparing an orally administrable biologically active agent is also provided as are oral delivery compositions.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- 'to' + ministrare (see minister).

Words that rhyme with administer

maladminister, minister, sinister

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Syllabification: ad·min·is·ter

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