administer

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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.

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administer (third-person singular simple present administers, present participle administering, simple past and past participle administered)

  1. (transitive) To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
    We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.
    • Macaulay
      A noxious drug had been administered to him.
  2. (transitive) To apportion out.
    • Spectator
      A fountain [] administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place.
    • Macaulay
      Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known.
    • Philips
      [Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs.
  3. (transitive) 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.
    • Alexander Pope
      For forms of government let fools contest: / Whate'er is best administered is best.
  4. (intransitive) To minister (to).
    administering to the sick
  5. (law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
  6. To tender, as an oath.
    • Shakespeare
      Swear [] to keep the oath that we administer.

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Noun[edit]

administer m (genitive administri); second declension

  1. assistant, helper, supporter
  2. attendant
  3. priest, minister

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, nominative singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
nominative administer administrī
genitive administrī administrōrum
dative administrō administrīs
accusative administrum administrōs
ablative administrō administrīs
vocative administer
administre
administrī