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Definitions of administer

  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To tender, as an oath. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To manage as chief agent or minister, as a king, president, or judge; direct the application of the laws; dispense; as, to administer justice or relief; to cause to be taken, as medicine; to give, as an oath; to settle, as a deceased person's estate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To act as server or minister in a performance: to supply: to conduct. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To supply; to conduct; to settle an intestate estate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To apply; inflict; cause to take. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To perform the office of administrator; to act officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. administer ritually; of church sacraments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give or apply (medications) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. To contribute; minister; with to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To act as administrator. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To act as minister or agent; to direct the execution or application of laws; to afford; to supply; to dispense; to tender, as an oath; to prescribe; to bring aid or supplies. See Minister. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To direct the application of laws, as a king or judge; to manage; to add to; to bring aid or supplies to. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Administrator. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for administer

  1. So many material possessions were passing from hands too weak to hold or to administer them that the death of an artist could not be noticed. – Velazquez by S. L. Bensusan
  2. Mr. Johnson was ever ready to administer to her spiritual wants; he was a friend in very truth. – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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