Definition of Administer in English :

Define Administer in English

Administer meaning in English

Meaning of Administer in English

Pronunciation of Administer in English

Administer pronunciation in English

Pronounce Administer in English


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1. administer, administrate

work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of

Example Sentences:
'administer a program'
'she administers the funds'

2. administer

perform (a church sacrament) ritually

Example Sentences:
'administer the last unction'

3. administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

administer or bestow, as in small portions

Example Sentences:
'administer critical remarks to everyone present'
'dole out some money'
'shell out pocket money for the children'
'deal a blow to someone'
'the machine dispenses soft drinks'

4. administer, dispense

give or apply (medications)

5. administer

direct the taking of

Example Sentences:
'administer an exam'
'administer an oath'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of administer
verb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr)
to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
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
to apply formally; perform
to administer extreme unction
to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)

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verb transitive
to manage or direct (the affairs of a government, institution, etc.)
to give out or dispense, as punishment or justice
to give or apply (medicine, etc.)
to direct the taking of (an oath, pledge, test, etc.)
5.  Law
to act as executor or administrator of (an estate)
verb intransitive
to act as manager or administrator
to furnish help or be of service
administer to an invalid's needs

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of administer
v. ad·min·is·tered, ad·min·is·ter·ing, ad·min·is·ters
1. To have charge of; manage.
a. To give or apply in a formal way: administer the last rites.
b. To apply as a remedy: administer a sedative.
c. To direct the taking of (an oath).
3. To mete out; dispense: administer justice.
4. To manage (a trust or estate) under a will or official appointment.
5. To impose, offer, or tender (an oath, for example).
1. To manage as an administrator.
2. To minister: administering to their every whim.

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