from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To have charge of; manage.
- transitive v. To give or apply in a formal way: administer the last rites.
- transitive v. To apply as a remedy: administer a sedative.
- transitive v. To direct the taking of (an oath).
- transitive v. To mete out; dispense: administer justice.
- transitive v. To manage or dispose of (a trust or estate) under a will or official appointment.
- transitive v. To impose, offer, or tender (an oath, for example).
- intransitive v. To manage as an administrator.
- intransitive v. To minister: administering to their every whim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
- v. To apportion out, as in administering justice.
- v. 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.
- v. To minister to, as in administering to the sick.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of.
- transitive v. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute.
- transitive v. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc.
- transitive v. To tender, as an oath.
- transitive v. To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
- intransitive v. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.
- intransitive v. To perform the office of administrator; to act officially.
- n. Administrator.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To manage or conduct as minister, chief agent, or steward; super-intend the management or execution of; control or regulate in behalf of others: as, to administer the laws or the government, or a department of government; to administer a charitable trust, the affairs of a corporation, or the estate of a bankrupt.
- To afford; supply; dispense; bring into use or operation, especially in the execution of a magisterial or sacerdotal office: as, to administer relief; to administer justice.
- To give or apply; make application of: as, to administer medicine, punishment, counsel, etc.
- To tender or impose, as an oath.
- In law, to manage or dispose of, as the estate of a deceased person, in the capacity either of executor or administrator. See administration, 9.
- To contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies; add something: with to: as, to administer to the necessities of the poor.
- To perform the office of administrator: with upon: as, A administers upon the estate of B.
- n. One who administers; a minister or an administrator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
- v. give or apply (medications)
- v. perform (a church sacrament) ritually
- v. work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
- v. direct the taking of
Middle English administren, from Old French administrer, from Latin administrāre : ad, ad- + ministrāre, to manage (from minister, ministr-, servant; see minister).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)