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administer

[ad-min-uh-ster] /ædˈmɪn ə stər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of:
to administer the law.
2.
to bring into use or operation:
to administer justice; to administer last rites.
3.
to make application of; give:
to administer medicine.
4.
to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like).
5.
Law. to manage or dispose of, as a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator or a trust estate by a trustee.
verb (used without object)
6.
to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to):
to administer to the poor.
7.
to perform the duties of an administrator:
She administers quite effectively.
Origin of administer
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin administrāre to assist, carry out, manage the affairs of (see ad-, minister); replacing Middle English amynistre (with a-5) < Middle French aministrer
Related forms
administrant
[ad-min-uh-struh nt] /ædˈmɪn ə strənt/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonadministrant, adjective
self-administered, adjective
self-administering, adjective
unadministered, adjective
well-administered, adjective
Synonyms
1. conduct, control, execute; direct, superintend, supervise, oversee. See rule. 2. distribute, supply, furnish.
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  • "And qualified to administer an oath and take your deposition," said the minister.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • They administer stinging rebukes that leave the adversary writhing.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was called upon, not merely to administer the government, but to decide in the face of terrible odds, the fate of the Republic.

  • “What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • All the remedies which the best medical advice could administer proved unavailing.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for administer

administer

/ədˈmɪnɪstə/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
2.
to put into execution; dispense: administer justice
3.
when intr, foll by to. to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief
4.
to apply formally; perform: to administer extreme unction
5.
to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
6.
to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)
Word Origin
C14: amynistre, via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrāre to minister
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Word Origin and History for administer
v.

late 14c., administren, aministren "to manage as a steward," from Old French amenistrer "help, aid, be of service to" (12c., Modern French administrer, the -d- restored 16c.), and directly from Latin administrare "manage, control, guide, superintend; rule direct," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ministrare "serve" (see minister (v.)). Used of medicine, etc., "to give," from 1540s. Related: Administered; administering.

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