from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have charge of; manage.
  • transitive v. To give or apply in a formal way: administer the last rites.
  • transitive v. To apply as a remedy: administer a sedative.
  • transitive v. To direct the taking of (an oath).
  • transitive v. To mete out; dispense: administer justice.
  • transitive v. To manage or dispose of (a trust or estate) under a will or official appointment.
  • transitive v. To impose, offer, or tender (an oath, for example).
  • intransitive v. To manage as an administrator.
  • intransitive v. To minister: administering to their every whim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
  • v. To apportion out, as in administering justice.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To minister to, as in administering to the sick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Administrator.
  • intransitive v. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.
  • intransitive v. To perform the office of administrator; to act officially.
  • transitive v. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of.
  • transitive v. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute.
  • transitive v. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc.
  • transitive v. To tender, as an oath.
  • transitive v. To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To manage or conduct as minister, chief agent, or steward; super-intend the management or execution of; control or regulate in behalf of others: as, to administer the laws or the government, or a department of government; to administer a charitable trust, the affairs of a corporation, or the estate of a bankrupt.
  • To afford; supply; dispense; bring into use or operation, especially in the execution of a magisterial or sacerdotal office: as, to administer relief; to administer justice.
  • To give or apply; make application of: as, to administer medicine, punishment, counsel, etc.
  • To tender or impose, as an oath.
  • In law, to manage or dispose of, as the estate of a deceased person, in the capacity either of executor or administrator. See administration, 9.
  • To contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies; add something: with to: as, to administer to the necessities of the poor.
  • To perform the office of administrator: with upon: as, A administers upon the estate of B.
  • n. One who administers; a minister or an administrator.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • v. give or apply (medications)
  • v. perform (a church sacrament) ritually
  • v. work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
  • v. direct the taking of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English administren, from Old French administrer, from Latin administrāre : ad, ad- + ministrāre, to manage (from minister, ministr-, servant; see minister).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English admynistren, from Old French aminister, from Latin administrare ("to manage, execute"), from ad ("to") + ministrare ("to attend, serve"), from minister ("servant"); see minister.


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