Definition of administer in English:

administer

Line breaks: ad|min¦is¦ter
Pronunciation: /ədˈmɪnɪstə
 
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verb

[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?
Synonyms
manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot; exercise control over, be in control of, be in charge of, be in command of, take care of, look after, be responsible for, be at the helm of, hold sway over
informal head up, call the shots, call the tune, pull the strings, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle
1.1Be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources): a Health and Safety 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.
Synonyms
dispense, deliver, issue, give, provide, apply, discharge, allot, distribute, apportion, deal, hand out, mete out, measure out, dole out, disburse, bestow; inflict, impose, enforce, deal out, serve out, exact
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.
3(Of a priest) perform the rites of (a sacrament): he administered the sacraments to the flock
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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.
4 archaic or Law Direct the taking of (an oath): he administered the Oath of Supremacy to Thomas Percy
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

administrable

adjective
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  • 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.

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