Definition of administer in English:

administer

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Manage and be responsible for the running of (a business, organization, etc.)

    ‘each school was administered separately’
    • ‘The reality is that, once the company had appointed him to administer its business there was nothing very much left for her to do in her capacity as director.’
    • ‘Skylink will manage and administer the airports.’
    • ‘The project is administered by a community organization in Cape Breton.’
    • ‘In addition English Heritage looks after guardianship monuments, administers the management and consent procedures for Scheduled monuments, and provides support for archaeological advisers in local authorities.’
    • ‘Zhou suggested closing some small-scale animal farms in poor condition in order to better administer the industry.’
    • ‘The site is operated by the Pew Center on the States, a research organization administered by the University of Richmond.’
    • ‘Part 1 is a very serious part of this legislation, and in my view is a very serious departure from the usual way in which the Government administers its affairs.’
    • ‘All student organizations are administered by representatives.’
    • ‘The Old Company followed suit in February 1797, although it continued to administer the business from Berwick.’
    • ‘Land boards, composed of elected and appointed members, administer the allocation of tribal land.’
    • ‘Who will administer the department's business?’
    • ‘Police training promoted and administered by domestic violence organizations have brought about undeniable improvements in the way police respond to domestic violence calls.’
    • ‘Yang will continue to devote ‘a sufficient amount of his time and attention’ to direct and administer the group's business, the company said.’
    • ‘However, the electric council which administers the industry has insisted on gradual rate increases in an effort to avoid social upheaval against the measure.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the governmental department administering the railway industry, has the right to make adjustments to prices within the industry.’
    • ‘Some might want to outsource the entire recruitment function to a dedicated team that manages and administers all of the company's recruitment activity from our premises.’
    • ‘California requires any organization that administers a gift annuity program to provide adequate reserves for any annuities sold in California or to California residents.’
    • ‘It will continue to administer the existing business in Salisbury.’
    • ‘I just thought that I was helping someone else administer the website.’
    • ‘Some, as Telberg suggests, say it's self-preservation: the holders will be required to join whatever organization ultimately administers it.’
    manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot
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    1. 1.1Be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources)
      ‘a Health and Safety agency would administer new regulations’
      • ‘He explained about the process of adapting to globalization and how we should administer our human resources in the modern world.’
      • ‘The military, however, also had problems administering the law.’
      • ‘There is a recognised division of responsibility in administering the law - no one can, for example, be simultaneously judge, prosecutor, and public defender.’
      • ‘They were to keep the peace and defend the realm from attack, administer the law equitably and impartially, and uphold true religion and the Church.’
      • ‘And if players are unwilling to take responsibility for naming names then they can hardly complain about those who attempt to administer the laws.’
      • ‘He was, in our respectful submission, doing nothing more and charged with nothing more than administering the law.’
      • ‘I'm old and tired and I don't want to administer these laws.’
      • ‘In sum, at both national and European levels, self-regulation may be a useful adjunct to statutory regulation administered by a public agency, but cannot replace it.’
      • ‘I could do nothing, in the face of the present attitudes and philosophies of those who administer our laws.’
      • ‘Attorney Generals admitted it had not even asked the States - which make and administer the criminal law - for their views on possible gaps.’
      • ‘I actually don't have a problem with the law itself, nor indeed in most occasions, with the way in which the courts administer the law.’
      • ‘It is charged with administering the electoral laws of Australia on behalf of the Australian people.’
      • ‘After legislation is passed, laws are administered through regulatory agencies (eg, state boards of nursing).’
      • ‘We asked the Government departments responsible for administering the subordinate legislation their views on these particular pieces of delegated legislation.’
      • ‘With reform now underway, it is critical, if forests are to be well-managed and poverty reduced, that local people be given far more say in how those resources are administered.’
      • ‘Does the public believe that the court is administering the existing law fairly?’
      • ‘The natural regulator for administering laws relating to investments is the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.’
      • ‘The challenge for those who draft and administer laws is to do so in ways that promote stability and predictability while affording reasonable flexibility.’
      • ‘Regulators, she said, should be given the mandate and resources to administer the implementation of government policy.’
      • ‘It is the courts who administer the law, and MPs who make the law.’
  • 2Dispense or apply (a remedy or drug)

    ‘paramedic crews are capable of administering drugs’
    • ‘For example, your question might be whether it is ethical for nurses to administer placebo medication.’
    • ‘In the 20th century, physicians administered electroshock therapy or injected high doses of insulin to induce seizures.’
    • ‘Nurses are taking over tasks from junior doctors administering intravenous drugs, doing endoscopies, preoperative assessment, and some prescribing.’
    • ‘The steroid is administered intravenously in a dosage of 1 to 2 mg per kg every six to 12 hours.’
    • ‘Medical skills are needed to start intravenous lines, set up intravenous infusion sets, and measure out and administer the appropriate drugs.’
    • ‘Nurses usually prepared and administered intravenous drugs on the wards, but cytotoxic drugs were prepared centrally by the pharmacy department.’
    • ‘It was noisy and filled with high-tech equipment for monitoring indicators of medical status and administering medications or other treatments.’
    • ‘Radiation therapy is administered two ways: externally or internally.’
    • ‘The study drug was administered intravenously at weekly intervals for 5 doses.’
    • ‘Four child therapists who were trained and supervised by an experienced cognitive behavioural therapist administered all therapy.’
    • ‘Though much of the current focus is on drugs, bar codes are also being used to increase the safety of medical devices used to administer those drugs.’
    • ‘The preoperative nurse or the anesthesia care provider administers a prophylactic antibiotic as requested by the surgeon.’
    • ‘The nurse administers preoperative medications ordered by the anesthesia care provider or surgeon.’
    • ‘Misread radiographs and pathology specimens, laboratory errors, and mistakes made in administering radiation therapy also threaten the safety of patients.’
    • ‘The drug is administered intravenously once a month.’
    • ‘New York institutions, the study found, were slow to administer drug therapies that effectively fight the illness.’
    • ‘As a young child, Spear helped the local veterinarian with the livestock, including giving blood transfusions and administering medications.’
    • ‘We found that emergency facilities ranged widely from the provision of simple analgesia to that of intravenously administered drugs and full resuscitation facilities.’
    • ‘The nurses administer anti-inflammatory medications intramuscularly or per rectum rather than using narcotics, if possible.’
    • ‘The drug and placebo were administered at school.’
    dispense, deliver, issue, give, provide, apply, discharge, allot, distribute, apportion, deal, hand out, mete out, measure out, dole out, disburse, bestow
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    1. 2.1Deal out or inflict (punishment)
      ‘retribution was administered to those found guilty’
      • ‘At common law teachers are in loco parentis and may administer corporal punishment in respect of the conduct of the child at, or on its way to or from school.’
      • ‘Similar regulations on the Continent are either being ignored or blatantly flouted, with no punishment being administered by the member state.’
      • ‘I assumed she was ill, but now that I find her here, I can tell that she was skipping class, and it is my job to administer the correct punishment.’
      • ‘And he used to administer corporal punishment every morning to the boys.’
      • ‘To address these social problems we have to do more to address what has gone wrong instead of only administering punishment to those who fail.’
      • ‘And the old English common law treated the servant as a member of the family and that's why the master could administer corporal punishment for example.’
      • ‘On the more practical side, we also have an Animal Protection Law, which administers effective punishments for misuse, abandoning and torture of animals.’
      • ‘Besides she is his, shouldn't he be the one to administer any punishment?’
      • ‘All that's left is to decide whether she or her father should administer the punishment.’
      • ‘The monotheists among them were deputed to administer this punishment.’
      • ‘But I'm not sure I agree with police being able to administer corporal punishment!’
      • ‘From the founding of Botany Bay to 1967, the punishment was administered as the ultimate penalty of the law, in great frequency during the convict era but much less so later.’
      • ‘Ma chose to defend his department chiefs rather than administering reasonable punishments and sincerely apologizing for the blunders.’
      • ‘‘I volunteer to administer the punishment,’ she announced, raising her hand.’
      • ‘In the words of the prosecuting lawyer Richard Horwell, ‘The plan was not only to find the thieves but to administer punishment’.’
      • ‘Physical punishment is administered, although parents tend to be indulgent with young children.’
      • ‘A curious person in court then wanted to know if the man had anything to say while he was administering the punishment.’
      • ‘In both, a civil action had been brought against a teacher who had administered corporal punishment.’
      • ‘Law enforcement officers and medical staff watched whilst the punishment was administered.’
      • ‘Her mother and elder sisters administered these punishments.’
    2. 2.2(of a priest) perform the rites of (a sacrament)
      ‘he administered the sacraments to the flock’
      • ‘A number of these revisions allow a presbyter to administer some rites of renewal, particularly the renewal of baptismal vows at the Easter Vigil.’
      • ‘Maureen Power read the list of candidates for Confirmation and then the Bishop administered the sacrament with the sponsors by the side of the boys and girls.’
      • ‘But if you're a sacramental church, you need priests to administer the sacraments.’
      • ‘I felt as if I'd interrupted a priest administering last rites.’
      • ‘The freedom of churches to administer the sacraments is as fundamental a religious liberty as there can be.’
      • ‘His Lordship Dr. Bill Murphy Bishop of Kerry will administer the Sacrament to girls and boys who have been preparing for this special occasion for some time.’
      • ‘The means to accomplish this were literate sermons, adhering closely to the liturgy of the church; catechising the young; and administering the sacraments.’
      • ‘They had to preach, administer the sacraments and look after the spiritual welfare of the people.’
      • ‘The Sacrament will be administered by the priests at the ceremonies.’
      • ‘Bishop William Lee will administer the sacrament in St. Patrick's Church at 11 a.m.’
      • ‘In these either the Congregational minister in situ or from outside or a lay officer of the church has administered the infant baptisms.’
      • ‘The Bishop of Killaloe visited the parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the pupils of the local schools.’
      • ‘Bishop Donal McKeown administered the sacrament of confirmation to children in the Parish on Thursday.’
      • ‘Parish priest Fr Francis McAteer administered the Last Rites at the scene.’
      • ‘Parish directors and lay ministers are asked to prepare candidates for baptism or marriage, then to step aside when a priest arrives to administer the sacraments.’
      • ‘His fate seemed sealed when aides administered the Sacrament of Anointing, or last rites, on Thursday.’
      • ‘The clergyman administered the Last Rite upon the departed.’
      • ‘Male pastoral workers are allowed to work in parishes; deacons can administer the sacraments of baptism and marriage.’
      • ‘Father Noel Dunphy administered the Sacrament to the children from the four schools in the parish.’
      • ‘Bishop Laurence Ryan is only administering the Sacrament of Confirmation in 16 Parishes in 2002.’
    3. 2.3Law
      archaic Direct the taking of (an oath)
      ‘he administered the Oath of Supremacy to Thomas Percy’
      • ‘Politicians spoke, judges administered the oaths and newly naturalized citizens cheered.’
      • ‘Before administering the oath of an attorney, Judge Hilberman reminded me of four important values we should strive to uphold as attorneys.’
      • ‘Chief Justice John Marshall administers the oath of office to Andrew Jackson on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1829.’
      • ‘As a retired military officer, Don was able to actually administer the oath of enlistment to his son, which must have been a proud moment.’
  • 3[no object] Give help or service.

    ‘we must selflessly administer to his needs’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrare (see ministration).

Pronunciation:

administer

/ədˈmɪnɪstə/