Definitions for: Administer


[v] give or apply, as of medications
[v] administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"
[v] administer ritually; of church sacraments
[v] work in an administrative capacity; supervise; "administer a program"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ad*min"is*ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Administered;
p. pr. & vb. n. Administering.] [OE. aministren, OF.
aministrer, F. administer, fr. L. administrare; ad +
ministrare to serve. See Minister.]
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. (Law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a
will, or whose will fails of an executor.

Syn: To manage; conduct; minister; supply; dispense; give
out; distribute; furnish.


Ad*min"is*ter, v. i.
1. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to
minister.

A fountain . . . administers to the pleasure as well
as the plenty of the place. --Spectator.

2. (Law) To perform the office of administrator; to act
officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B.


Ad*min"is*ter, n.
Administrator. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Synonyms: administrate, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

See Also: apply, apply, assign, care, care for, deal, digitalize, execute, give, give, handle, inject, insufflate, manage, oversee, pontificate, portion, put to death, reallot, shoot, superintend, supervise, transfuse, treat

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