- The definition of administer means to give or dispense something.
- An example of the word administer is when a nurse gives a patient medicine.
- An example of the word administer is when a parent administers punishment or consequence.
- Administer is defined as to manage, direct or enforce something.
An example of the word administer is when a principal enforces school system rules.
A nurse administers medicine to her patient.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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.)
- Law to act as executor or administrator of (an estate)
Origin: Middle English aministren ; from Old French aministrer ; from Classical Latin administrare ; from ad-, to plush ministrare, to serve
- to act as manager or administrator
- to furnish help or be of service: administer to an invalid's needs
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verb ad·min·is·tered, ad·min·is·ter·ing, ad·min·is·ters verb, transitive
- 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).
- To mete out; dispense: administer justice.
- To manage or dispose of (a trust or estate) under a will or official appointment.
- To impose, offer, or tender (an oath, for example).
- To manage as an administrator.
- To minister: administering to their every whim.
Origin: Middle English administren, from Old French administrer, from Latin administrāre : ad, ad- + ministrāre, to manage (from minister, ministr-, servant; see minister).
- ad·minˈis·tra·ble adjective
- ad·minˈis·trant adjective & n.