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Definition of "administer" []

  • To have charge of; manage. (verb-transitive)
  • To give or apply in a formal way: administer the last rites. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply as a remedy: administer a sedative. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct the taking of (an oath). (verb-transitive)
  • To mete out; dispense: administer justice. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "administer" in a sentence
  • "Some of his relations died and left a lot of money, so folks tell, and George is what they call administer of the estate."
  • "Augustana's 2006 NSSE scores for student-faculty interaction were below the average benchmark for first-year students attending similar institutions, but Abernathy hopes that the needle will move next year, when the campus will again administer the survey."
  • "Polly's health, and that I look to her to help me get settled without overstrain to my wife -- in short, administer a dose of duty, and she may see her way to coming."