Definition of Administer

1. Verb. Work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of. "She administers the funds"

2. Verb. Perform (a church sacrament) ritually. "Administer the last unction"
Generic synonyms: Apply, Give
Specialized synonyms: Insufflate
Entails: Execute, Put To Death

3. Verb. Administer or bestow, as in small portions. "They administer the people the food"; "The machine dispenses soft drinks"

4. Verb. Give or apply (medications).
Exact synonyms: Dispense
Category relationships: Medicine, Practice Of Medicine
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Specialized synonyms: Transfuse, Digitalize, Inject, Shoot, Give
Entails: Apply, Give
Derivative terms: Administration, Dispensary, Dispensation, Dispensation

5. Verb. Direct the taking of. "Administer an oath"
Generic synonyms: Direct

Definition of Administer

1. v. t. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state.

2. v. i. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.

3. n. Administrator.

Definition of Administer

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To apportion out, as in administering justice. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To minister to, as in administering to the sick. ¹

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Definition of Administer

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Administer

1. 1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state. "For forms of government let fools contest: Whate'er is best administered is best." (Pope) 2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament. "[Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs." (Philips) "Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known." (Macaulay) 3. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc. "A noxious drug had been administered to him." (Macaulay) 4. To tender, as an oath. "Swear . . . To keep the oath that we administer." (Shak) 5. To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor. Synonym: To manage, conduct, minister, supply, dispense, give out, distribute, furnish. Origin: OE. Aministren, OF. Aministrer, F. Administer, fr. L. Administrare; ad + ministrare to serve. See Minister. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Administer

admin vortex
administer (current term)

Literary usage of Administer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York by John Romeyn Brodhead, Berthold Fernow, Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, New York (State). Legislature (1858)
"... and to the best of my knowledge administer and help to administer good law and justice, and further so govern, comport and behave myself in that office ..."

2. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"AN ACT to authorize ce/tain officers and other persons to administer oaths. • Se it enacted ty the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ..."

3. A History of English Law by William Searle Holdsworth, John Burke (1903)
"CHAPTER VII COURTS OF A SPECIAL JURISDICTION IN this chapter we shall consider certain courts which administer a body of law outside the jurisdiction of the ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"... viz., as the contemporaneous construction of a statute by those officers of the government whose duty it is to administer it, then the case would seem ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"... may administer a valid sacrament. While there is danger that there may be, on the part of the minister, either a lack of intention or even an intention ..."

6. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"... poll-books to the county seat in the time and manner required by the next section. judges, one of the persons so chosen may administer the oath required ..."

7. Bradford's History "of Plimoth Plantation.": From the Original Manuscript by William Bradford, Massachusetts General Court, Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State (1899)
"Our elders doe administer their office in admonitions & excommunications for ... We doe administer baptisme only to such infants as wherof y* one parente, ..."

8. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence as Administered in England and Ireland by John Pitt Taylor (1887)
"... administer oaths;" ' and the second enacts, that, " for the purpose of any of his duties in relation to proofs, the trustee may administer oaths and ..."

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