• WordNet 3.6
    • v administer give or apply (medications)
    • v administer 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","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
    • v administer perform (a church sacrament) ritually "administer the last unction"
    • v administer work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of "administer a program","she administers the funds"
    • v administer direct the taking of "administer an exam","administer an oath"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.
    • n Administer Administrator.
    • Administer To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc. "A noxious drug had been administered to him."
    • Administer To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister. "A fountain . . . administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place."
    • Administer To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament. "Let zephyrs administer their tepid, genial airs.""Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known."
    • Administer 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. "For forms of government let fools contest:
      Whate'er is best administered is best."
    • Administer (Law) To perform the office of administrator; to act officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B.
    • Administer (Law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
    • Administer To tender, as an oath. "Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shock treatment for epilepsy was once administered by electric catfish.
    • administer To manage or conduct as minister, chief agent, or steward; super-intend the management or execution of; control or regulate in behalf of others: as, to administer the laws or the government, or a department of government; to administer a charitable trust, the affairs of a corporation, or the estate of a bankrupt.
    • administer To afford; supply; dispense; bring into use or operation, especially in the execution of a magisterial or sacerdotal office: as, to administer relief; to administer justice.
    • administer To give or apply; make application of: as, to administer medicine, punishment, counsel, etc.
    • administer To tender or impose, as an oath.
    • administer In law, to manage or dispose of, as the estate of a deceased person, in the capacity either of executor or administrator. See administration, 9. Synonyms To control, preside over.
    • administer To contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies; add something: with to: as, to administer to the necessities of the poor.
    • administer To perform the office of administrator: with upon: as, A administers upon the estate of B. Synonyms Administer to, Minister to. Minister to is now preferable to administer to in such connections as to minister to one's needs, to minister to the necessities of the poor, to minister to the pleasure of the assembly. Administer to in such connections is archaic.
    • n administer One who administers; a minister or an administrator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Administer ad-min′is-tėr to manage as a steward, substitute, or executor: to supply: to conduct or execute, as offices of religion: to apply: to impose
    • v.i Administer to bring aid (with to)
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  • Calvin Calverley
    Calvin Calverley
    “Those who can, do, those who can't teach; and those who can do neither, administer.”
  • Comte De Mirabeau
    Comte De Mirabeau
    “To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.”
  • Lord Mansfield
    Lord Mansfield
    “True liberty can exist only when justice is equally administered to all.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aministren, OF. aministrer, F. administer, fr. L. administrare,; ad, + ministrare, to serve. See Minister


In literature:

Some districts belonged to the Imperial Domains, and were administered by agents of the emperor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
That he would administer justice, and would perform all the functions of the king.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
We claim to have but the Constitution fairly and equally administered.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
If the pulse is very bad a saline infusion must be administered.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
He pitied Rokuzo, administered the stoutest purges in his pharmacy, and left him somewhat relieved in mind and body.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
I am afraid I gave his tail as sharp a pinch as I could administer before I could get at his neck.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
Also, administer the following: Arsenious Acid, one dram; Ferri Sulphate, three ounces; Pulv.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
And forthwith were summoned the two burly officials whose unpopular duty it was to administer castigation.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
However, a goodly part of the cupful of pills was administered to her.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Sometimes his "little Mary" would trouble him, when a dose of castor oil would be effectively administered.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson

In poetry:

And at the Sabbath-morning free-breakfasts
He is often seen there,
Administering to the wants of the hungry,
And joining in prayer.
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
SIR PIERCE. No, the cure for grief
Has been administered a trifle freely,—
But—all goes well. I must remain your guest
A little while, before I go to make
Another home, and teach men to regret me
When I shall leave it.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act V" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

Scott McIntyre/Staff Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker takes the oath of office administered by his wife Paula Kiker and is accompanied by Herbert Coontz.
Inc has selected TD Retail Card Services, a unit of TD Bank, to create and administer its private label credit card.
Former Vanderbilt University administator tabbed to lead Boston College athletics.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. A woman who calls herself the "Black Madam" has been ordered to stand trial in Philadelphia on allegations she administered illegal buttocks injections.
Ms Roesler discussed the Food Bank which is administered by RER and the need for volunteers to assist with the distribution of food.
CBC Television recently acquired DIVArchive, the full-scale content storage management system from Front Porch Digital, to administer their programming library.
Retailers will keep 4 cents of the fee to cover their costs of administering the program.
Politico reports that Obama's second inaugural oath for the "most transparent administration in history" might be administered privately, without any media present (h/t Morning Jolt).
For the first time, I took Wilson County Administer of Elections Phillip Warren's advice and cast my ballot during early voting.
The Defense Department hasn't instituted a military draft since 1973, and the program that administers it, the Selective Service System, hasn't been reevaluated in 18 years.
The job's main duties are preparing and administering civil-service tests, and supervising the work needed for the office to properly function, according to the job announcement.
Gen James Lariviere (left) administers the officers' oath to Col .
The Master Composting /Recycler Program demonstration site is funded by the Clark County Department of Environmental Services, but administered through Columbia Springs.
They are done on paper and administered by medical or social work professionals working face to face with participants.
The Department of Public Health and Environment, which administers the testing program, partially agreed with the recommendation to exempt more vehicles from testing.

In science:

PET scan or Positron Emission Tomography is a process whereby a radioactive isotope is administered to the patient.
Searching for the Standard Model in the String Landscape : SUSY GUTs
This paper studies correlations among independently administered hypothetical tests of a simple interactive type, and demonstrates that correlations arising in quantum information theoretic variants of these tests can exhibit a striking non-classical behavior.
Hedging bets with correlated quantum strategies
In simple terms, we imagine that one individual subjects another individual to a test, and for convenience we will refer to the individual administering the test as Alice and to the test-taker as Bob.
Hedging bets with correlated quantum strategies
This paper has considered correlated strategies against independently administered hypothetical tests of a simple interactive type.
Hedging bets with correlated quantum strategies
For example, in ACTG 398, individual patients were taken off the drug before the initiation of the new therapy (washout period to eliminate the effect of previously administered drugs and to guarantee that all individuals started from steady-state conditions).
A dynamic Bayesian nonlinear mixed-effects model of HIV response incorporating medication adherence, drug resistance and covariates