American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of administering, especially the management of a government or large institution.
- n. The activity of a government or state in the exercise of its powers and duties.
- n. The executive branch of a government.
- n. The group of people who manage or direct an institution, especially a school or college.
- n. The term of office of an executive officer or body.
- n. Law Management and disposal of a trust or estate.
- n. The dispensing, applying, or tendering of something, such as an oath, a sacrament, or medicine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of administering; direction; management; government of public affairs; the conducting of any office or employment.
- n. The duty or duties of an administrator; specifically, the executive functions of government, consisting in the exercise of all the powers and duties of government, both general and local, which are neither legislative nor judicial.
- n. The body of persons who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs: in particular, in Great Britain, the ministry; in the United States, the President and cabinet, or the President and cabinet during one presidential term: as, Washington's first administration.
- n. Any body of men intrusted with executive or administrative powers.
- n. The period during which an executive officer or a ministry holds office; specifically, in the United States, the period during which the President holds office.
- n. Dispensation; distribution; rendering: as, the administration of justice, of the sacraments, or of grace.
- n. The act of prescribing medically.
- n. The act of tendering or imposing, as an oath.
- n. In law: The management of the estate of an intestate person, or of a testator having no competent executor, under a commission (called letters of administration) from the proper authority. This management consists in collecting debts, paying debts and legacies, and distributing surplus among the next of kin.
- n. In some jurisdictions, the management of the estate of a deceased person by an executor, the corresponding term execution not being in use. Administration of a deceased person's estate may be granted for general, special, or limited purposes; as: Administration durante absentia (during absence), when the next person entitled to the grant is beyond sea.
- n. uncountable The act of administering; government of public affairs; the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office or employment; direction.
- n. countable A body that administers; the executive part of government; the persons collectively who are entrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain.
- n. uncountable The act of administering, or tendering something to another; dispensation.
- n. uncountable, business Management.
- n. uncountable, law, UK An arrangement whereby an insolvent company can continue trading under supervision.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of administering; government of public affairs; the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office or employment; direction; management.
- n. The executive part of government; the persons collectively who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain.
- n. The act of administering, or tendering something to another; dispensation.
- n. The management and disposal, under legal authority, of the estate of an intestate, or of a testator having no competent executor.
- n. The management of an estate of a deceased person by an executor, the strictly corresponding term
executionnot being in use.
- n. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
- n. the act of governing; exercising authority
- n. the tenure of a president
- n. a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
- n. the act of administering medication
- n. the act of meting out justice according to the law
- From Middle English administracioun, from Old French administration, from Latin administratio, from administrare; see administer; compare French administration. (Wiktionary)
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