administer[ad min′is tər, əd-]
- 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.
- 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 of administerMiddle English aministren ; from Old French aministrer ; from Classical Latin administrare ; from ad-, to + ministrare, to serve
- to act as manager or administrator
- to furnish help or be of service: administer to an invalid's needs
verbad·min·is·tered, ad·min·is·ter·ing, ad·min·is·ters
- 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 (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 of administerMiddle English administren, from Old French administrer, from Latin administrāre : ad, ad- + ministrāre, to manage (from minister, ministr-, servant; see minister).
(third-person singular simple present administers, present participle administering, simple past and past participle administered)
- To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
- We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.
- To apportion out.
- To manage or supervise the conduct, performance or execution of; to govern or regulate the parameters for the conduct, performance or execution of; to work in an administrative capacity.
- (intransitive) To minister (to).
- administering to the sick
- (law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
- To tender, as an oath.