Definition of administration in English:


Line breaks: ad|min¦is|tra¦tion
Pronunciation: /ədmɪnɪˈstreɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2 [mass noun] The management of public affairs; government: the inhabitants of the island voted to remain under French administration
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    • Another role of Mercosur is to help member countries to overcome their internal problems such as those linked with public administration and the control of inflation.
    • The importance placed by the public on administration and governance can also be seen in Donald Tsang's very high public poll numbers.
    • As an article of faith, new public management urges that public administration be animated by clearly defined organizational objectives.
    government, cabinet, ministry, regime, executive, authority, directorate, council, leadership, management; parliament, congress, senate; rule, term of office, incumbency
    informal top brass
  • 2.1 [count noun] The government in power: successive Conservative administrations enjoyed a comfortable majority
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    • During the Cold War, successive administrations pursued a policy of ‘containment’ against the Soviet Union.
    • It will continue regardless of whether we have Republican or Democratic administrations in power.
    • Successive governments and Paris municipal administrations have allowed the situation to worsen.
  • 2.2 [count noun] chiefly North American The term of office of a political leader or government: the early years of the Reagan Administration
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    • Their timing infuriated me, because communities last longer than political administrations.
    • If you count a term of an administration as a single data point, we have only five data points.
    • Parliament might well resemble the Italian legislature, with short term administrations.
  • 2.3 [count noun] (In the US) a department or agency of the government: the US Food and Drug Administration
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    • Under the government's draft, future Cabinets would consist of 15 ministries, six councils, two administrations and four independent agencies.
    • This entailed integrating three administrations and reducing 54 departments to 10.


Middle English: from Latin administratio(n-), from the verb administrare (see administer).

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