Administer Definition

administered, administering, administers
administered, administering, administers
To have charge of; manage.
American Heritage
To manage or direct (the affairs of a government, institution, etc.)
Webster's New World
To act as manager or administrator.
Webster's New World
To give or apply in a formal way.
Administer the last rites.
American Heritage
To give out or dispense, as punishment or justice.
Webster's New World

Origin of Administer

  • From Middle English admynistren, from Old French aminister, from Latin administrare (“to manage, execute”), from ad (“to”) + ministrare (“to attend, serve”), from minister (“servant”); see minister.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English administren from Old French administrer from Latin administrāre ad ad- ministrāre to manage (from minister ministr- servant minister)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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