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administrator

[ad-min-uh-strey-ter] /ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who manages or has a talent for managing.
2.
Law. a person appointed by a court to take charge of the estate of a decedent, but not appointed in the decedent's will.
3.
Also called Informal, admin. Computers.
  1. a person who manages and supports a computer system or network, as in a business or other organization:
    the company’s system administrator; a database administrator.
    Compare system operator.
  2. a person who manages an Internet discussion group or other interactive website:
    a forum administrator.
  3. a user account on a home computer accessible only by the user who manages the computer system.
    Compare root1 (def 11b).
  4. a user who has access to this user account.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin administrātor, equivalent to administrā(re) (see administer) + -tor -tor
Related forms
administratorship, noun
preadministrator, noun
subadministrator, noun
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  • Under a free government the citizen makes his own laws, chooses his own administrators, which do represent him.
  • Her unladylike demeanor and unorthodox methods led to friction with some of her colleagues and university administrators.
  • administrators exist to facilitate and support the work of professors with students.
  • Some aid administrators are asking the department for help in catching the runners.
  • But great administrators have the courage to make those risky decisions, nevertheless.
  • The last two years haven't been easy on student-aid administrators.
  • University administrators that try to supplant courts are little more than vigilantes in suits.
  • It takes the power away from the administrators and puts it back into the hands of the teachers and the students themselves.
  • Before the study, teachers, coaches and administrators all resisted the later start.
  • He specifically cast aspersions on social administrators.
British Dictionary definitions for administrators

administrator

/ədˈmɪnɪˌstreɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who administers the affairs of an organization, official body, etc
2.
(property law) a person authorized to manage an estate, esp when the owner has died intestate or without having appointed executors
3.
a person who manages a computer system
Derived Forms
administratrix, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for administrators

administrator

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French administrateur or directly from Latin administrator "a manager, conductor," agent noun from past participle stem of administrare (see administer). Estate sense is earliest. For ending, see -er.

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