the management of any office, business, or organization; direction.
the function of a political state in exercising its governmental duties.
the duty or duties of an administrator in exercising the executive functions of the position.
the management by an administrator of such duties.
a body of administrators, especially in government.
(often initial capital letter) the executive branch of the U.S. government as headed by the president and in power during his or her term of office: The administration has threatened to veto the new bill. The Reagan administration followed President Carter's.
the period of service of a governmental administrator or body of governmental administrators.
any group entrusted with executive or administrative powers: the administration of a college.
Law. management of a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator, or of a trust estate by a trustee.
an act of dispensing, especially formally: administration of the sacraments.
supervision of the taking of an oath or the like.
application, as of a salve or medicine.

1275–1325; Middle English administracio(u)n < Latin administrātiōn- (stem of administrātiō) service. See administrate, -ion

administrational, adjective
antiadministration, noun, adjective
misadministration, noun
preadministration, noun
proadministration, adjective
self-administration, noun
subadministration, noun
superadministration, noun Unabridged
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administration (ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən)
1.  management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution
2.  the duties of an administrator
3.  the body of people who administer an organization
4.  the conduct of the affairs of government
5.  term of office: often used of presidents, governments, etc
6.  the executive branch of government along with the public service; the government as a whole
7.  chiefly (US) (often capital) the political executive, esp of the US; the government
8.  chiefly (US) a government board, agency, authority, etc
9.  property law
 a.  the conduct or disposal of the estate of a deceased person
 b.  the management by a trustee of an estate subject to a trust
10.  a.  the administering of something, such as a sacrament, oath, or medical treatment
 b.  the thing that is administered

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "management," from L. administrationem (nom. administratio), noun of action from administratus, pp. of administrare (see administer). Meaning "the government" is attested from 1731 in British usage. Meaning "a U.S. president's period in office" is first recorded
1796 in writings of George Washington. Meaning "management of a dead person's estate" is from 1530s.
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Example sentences
Senior administration officials back up the president.
Keeping those promises will soon start to bedevil the administration.
He acknowledges the sheer sloppiness of the administration in its first term.
No wonder a series of companies that relied on high volume and low margins have
  been forced into administration.
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