verb (used with object)
to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of: to administer the law.
to bring into use or operation: to administer justice; to administer last rites.
to make application of; give: to administer medicine.
to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like).
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)
to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to ): to administer to the poor.
to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.

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

administrant [ad-min-uh-struhnt] , noun
nonadministrant, adjective
self-administered, adjective
self-administering, adjective
unadministered, adjective
well-administered, adjective

1. conduct, control, execute; direct, superintend, supervise, oversee. See rule. 2. distribute, supply, furnish.
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administer (ədˈmɪnɪstə)
vb (when intr, foll by to)
1.  (also intr) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
2.  to put into execution; dispense: administer justice
3.  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)
[C14: amynistre, via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrāre to minister]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to manage as a steward," from O.Fr. aministrer, from L. administrare "serve, carry out, manage," from ad- "to" + ministrare "serve" (see minister). Used of medicine, etc., "to give," from 1540s.
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