Definition of administration in English:


Syllabification: ad·min·is·tra·tion
Pronunciation: /ədˌminəˈstrāSHən
(abbreviation: admin.)


  • 1The process or activity of running a business, organization, etc.: the day-to-day administration of the company a career in arts administration [as modifier]: administration costs
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    • The awards were in courses such as business administration, information processing, performing arts and art, craft and design.
    • They bog down in the day-to-day administration of a small business and bemoan the lack of time to draw.
    • This individual has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a master of business administration degree.
  • 1.1 (the administration) The people responsible for this, regarded collectively: the university administration took their demands seriously
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    • Officials with the administration said the person responsible for the overloading would be severely punished.
    • Thus, it is uncontested that the administration is wholly responsible for the imposition of the new steel tariffs.
    • In response, the university administration was largely silent.
  • 1.2The 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; nanny state; parliament, congress, senate; rule, term of office, incumbency
  • 1.3 Law The management and disposal of the property of an intestate, deceased person, debtor, or other individual, or of an insolvent company, by a legally appointed administrator: the company went into administration [as modifier]: an administration order
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    • An obvious example would be, he submits, if the Company went into administration for the purposes of the Insolvency Act 1986.
    • Angry creditors have been left owed thousands of pounds after a Yorkshire estate agent went into administration, it emerged yesterday.
    • Shortly thereafter it went into insolvency administration.
  • 2The officials in the executive branch of government under a particular chief executive: the Kennedy administration sought to use the conference to repair US prestige
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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.
  • 2.1chiefly 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.
  • 2.2A government agency: 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.
  • 3The action of dispensing, giving, or applying something: the oral administration of the antibiotic the administration of justice
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    • If we can't stop crime, at least we can do is aim for the effective administration of justice.
    • The claim that bromelain cannot be effective after oral administration is definitely refuted at this time.
    • But the family, he added, understands ‘that the fair administration of justice takes time.’
    provision, issuing, issuance, application, dispensing, dispensation, distribution, disbursement


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

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