administer


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)

  1. to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to): to administer to the poor.
  2. to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.

verb (mainly tr)

  1. (also intr) to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc)
  2. to put into execution; dispenseadminister justice
  3. (when intr, foll by to) to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief
  4. to apply formally; performto administer extreme unction
  5. to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc)
  6. to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc)
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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