administer

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Etymology[edit]

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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  • (US) IPA(key): /ədˈmɪnɪstɚ/
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To cause to ingest (a drug), either by openly offering or through deceit.
    We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 15, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
      A noxious drug had been administered to him.
  2. (transitive) To apportion out, distribute.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spectator and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      A fountain [] administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place.
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II:
      Justice was administered between man and man with an exactness and purity not before known.
    • (Can we date this quote by Philips and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      [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.
  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 give, as an oath.
  7. (medicine) To give a drug to a patient, be it orally or by any other means.

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Noun[edit]

administer m (genitive administrī); second declension

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

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (nominative singular in -er).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative administer administrī
Genitive administrī administrōrum
Dative administrō administrīs
Accusative administrum administrōs
Ablative administrō administrīs
Vocative administer administrī

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