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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who administers, especially one who works as a manager in a business, government agency, or school.
  • n. Law One appointed to administer an estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who administers affairs; one who directs, manages, executes, or dispenses, whether in civil, judicial, political, or ecclesiastical affairs; a manager
  • n. A person who manages or settles the estate of an intestate, or of a testator when there is no competent executor; one to whom the right of administration has been committed by competent authority
  • n. One who is responsible for software installation, management, information and maintenance of a computer or network

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who administers affairs; one who directs, manages, executes, or dispenses, whether in civil, judicial, political, or ecclesiastical affairs; a manager.
  • n. A man who manages or settles the estate of an intestate, or of a testator when there is no competent executor; one to whom the right of administration has been committed by competent authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who administers; one who directs or manages affairs of any kind: sometimes used as a title of executive office.
  • n. In law: One who, by virtue of a commission from a probate, orphans', or surrogate's court, or, in England, from the probate, divorce, and admiralty division of the High Court of Justice, has charge of the goods and chattels of one dying without a will. In some jurisdictions his power is extended to real property. Often contracted to admr.
  • n. In Scots law, a tutor, curator, or guardian, having the care of one who is incapable of acting for himself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who manages a government agency or department
  • n. someone who administers a business
  • n. the party appointed by a probate court to distribute the estate of someone who dies without a will or without naming an executor

Etymologies

From Latin administr─ütor, literally "he that is near to attend". (Wiktionary)

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