Definition of administration in English:

administration

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The process or activity of running a business, organization, etc.:

    ‘the day-to-day administration of the company’
    ‘a career in arts administration’
    • ‘The trade union leaders boast of their ‘long record of effective administration and organisation’.’
    • ‘Arts and social science programmes replaced courses in business and administration as the first choice for most degree applicants this year.’
    • ‘The awards were in courses such as business administration, information processing, performing arts and art, craft and design.’
    • ‘The annual competition is organised by the city administration and aimed at improving skills and boosting the profile of sports among the city's youth.’
    • ‘They bog down in the day-to-day administration of a small business and bemoan the lack of time to draw.’
    • ‘One chapter describes the documentation process of medication administration and teaching.’
    • ‘There are other aspects of the fuel administration and handling process which the new administration could look into.’
    • ‘However, it is not permissible for such private organizations to spend the zakat money to cover their administration costs.’
    • ‘The group plunged into the red for the first time in its history with a net loss of £1.7m and said it was selling its private client and fund administration businesses.’
    • ‘As they have done each and every year, Pattaya's city administration and private sector organized a festival for the auspicious occasion.’
    • ‘She holds a master's in business administration from the Wharton School.’
    • ‘In order to cut costs, city hall administration said large businesses and government departments need to reduce the amount of garbage they produce.’
    • ‘In the Northern Territory the Federal government confined its agricultural activities mainly to administration and experiment.’
    • ‘The underwater cleanup was the second combined effort of its kind organized by the city administration, the local community and the private sector.’
    • ‘In the offices, there was an explanation of the computerised administration processes, grave search and interview room facilities.’
    • ‘This reduces cost and administration over-head for organisations desperate to cut costs.’
    • ‘The primary care organisations are required to deliver a 15 percent cut in administration costs almost immediately.’
    • ‘This individual has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a master of business administration degree.’
    • ‘There will always be larger organisations, with their overwhelming administration and cost base, vying for our business.’
    • ‘The Pattaya Bicycle for Health Club and the city administration are organizing a bicycle rally to support the campaign to quit smoking.’
    management, managing, direction, directing, command, commanding, control, controlling, charge, conduct, conducting, operation, regulation, regulating, handling, running, leadership, government, governing, superintendence, supervision, supervising, overseeing, oversight, orchestration, orchestrating, guidance, care
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    1. 1.1the administration The people responsible for running a business, organization, etc.:
      ‘the university administration took their demands seriously’
      • ‘As for me, I'm inclined toward diversifying methods to force the administration to meet our demands.’
      • ‘The good news is that the administration now realizes this.’
      • ‘But he is responsible for the administration's actions since then.’
      • ‘Claiming that politics had no place in the university, the administration denied space to the event.’
      • ‘The farmers hold the administration responsible for the mess.’
      • ‘Thus, it is uncontested that the administration is wholly responsible for the imposition of the new steel tariffs.’
      • ‘His aim is to present the administration as a responsible international player, concerned not to be the engine of proliferation.’
      • ‘The operators later changed their minds after the administration rejected their demand for the subsidy.’
      • ‘According to H. Dapet, the administration agreed to fulfill their demands at the meeting.’
      • ‘Does it warrant a staff letter requesting the administration's response to the complaint?’
      • ‘Ostensibly, the administration is responsive to the people.’
      • ‘In response, the university administration was largely silent.’
      • ‘While, the administration is not responding to the article, but they tell us, trust us, we follow the law.’
      • ‘Were these trends inevitable, or should the current administration be held responsible?’
      • ‘Officials with the administration said the person responsible for the overloading would be severely punished.’
      • ‘It is the responsibility of the administration to take steps to ensure that no one on this campus ever experiences anything resembling what happened that day.’
      • ‘I think he attributes too little power, and thus too little responsibility, to the administration.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the university said that the administration was very ‘ticked off’ about the affair.’
      • ‘What is responsible is for the administration to do this properly now.’
      • ‘Encouraged by the response, the administration opened a mini museum in Mysore.’
    2. 1.2Law The management and disposition of the property of a deceased person, debtor, or insolvent company, by a legally appointed administrator:
      ‘the company went into administration’
      • ‘It went into administration in May last year and was liquidated in January, with debts thought to be around £70m.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter it went into insolvency administration.’
      • ‘An obvious example would be, he submits, if the Company went into administration for the purposes of the Insolvency Act 1986.’
      • ‘Angry creditors have been left owed thousands of pounds after a Yorkshire estate agent went into administration, it emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘The club went into administration and was rescued by a supporters' consortium which scraped together £210,000 to keep it afloat.’
      bankruptcy, liquidation, failure, collapse, ruin, financial ruin, ruination
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  • 2[mass noun] The management of public affairs; government:

    ‘the inhabitants of the island voted to remain under French administration’
    • ‘John is a Canberra-based commentator on Australian Government, the parliament and public administration.’
    • ‘As an article of faith, new public management urges that public administration be animated by clearly defined organizational objectives.’
    • ‘We realise the government will face significant challenges in public administration.’
    • ‘The second area would include judicial reform and reform in public administration.’
    • ‘The law on public administration punishes civil servants who fail to show their loyalty to the government through dismissal.’
    • ‘He promised to make the public administration, the civil service here, run more smoothly, and simplify it.’
    • ‘And contracting out sits well with the current fashion in public administration for smaller government.’
    • ‘Another role of Mercosur is to help member countries to overcome their internal problems such as those linked with public administration and the control of inflation.’
    • ‘The states are also bound by constitutional principles governing public administration.’
    • ‘We are driven back to the point, I think, as we so often are in public administration, that the answer lies as much in the wise exercise of discretion.’
    • ‘I know what an outstanding contribution to public administration might look like.’
    • ‘A medical doctor was recently given an award for his achievement in developing a modern approach to public administration.’
    • ‘Among other things, we will challenge the primary focus of much of the study of administrative ethics in public administration.’
    • ‘When I studied public administration in the early 1980s, we used to worry a lot about politicisation.’
    • ‘We can only hope he succeeds in bringing reform and efficiency to the entire public administration.’
    • ‘His leadership combined military operations, government administration, and economic management.’
    • ‘The most probable field will be that of public administration, healthcare management and NGO management.’
    • ‘She was employed to haul the public administration into the 21st century.’
    • ‘The importance placed by the public on administration and governance can also be seen in Donald Tsang's very high public poll numbers.’
    • ‘The ombudsman must maintain tight contacts with the public administration as well.’
    government, cabinet, ministry, regime, executive, authority, directorate, council, leadership, management
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    1. 2.1[count noun] The government in power:
      ‘successive Conservative administrations enjoyed a comfortable majority’
      • ‘Successive governments and Paris municipal administrations have allowed the situation to worsen.’
      • ‘For many types of legislation the primary implementers are the governments and administrations of the member states.’
      • ‘The administration is hoping for public input with a cut off date for comment of March 25.’
      • ‘The solution, as perceived by successive US administrations, is not to retreat from trade liberalization but to incorporate a wider range of nations within the fold.’
      • ‘However, the government has been reluctant to transfer its power to local administrations.’
      • ‘The administration blocked the public release of the full version of the report for more than five months.’
      • ‘However, I think that the administration adequately warned the public of the uncertainties of this action.’
      • ‘But changing such a situation is, realistically, beyond the power of a single administration.’
      • ‘But even out of government, successive administrations in Nigeria sought his advice.’
      • ‘During the Cold War, successive administrations pursued a policy of ‘containment’ against the Soviet Union.’
      • ‘The administration largely avoided public accountability for its actions by burying the story.’
      • ‘A succession of administrations, both Republican and Democratic, had tacitly endorsed this view.’
      • ‘Next, the transfer of power between administrations should be done on a collective and interactive basis.’
      • ‘The four refineries have been run down under successive administrations and nearly all of the oil is now exported and refined elsewhere.’
      • ‘Workers have not been paid their salaries for up to 45 months, as successive administrations have left them without pay.’
      • ‘So, David, what did you think the big legacy in international affairs from the administration was?’
      • ‘It will continue regardless of whether we have Republican or Democratic administrations in power.’
      • ‘Dennis Ross has been an envoy for successive United States administrations and author most recently of ‘The Missing Piece.’’
      • ‘Successive administrations have proven adept at devising strategies for isolating offending regimes.’
      • ‘Something of a maverick figure, he has a long record of raising awkward questions for successive British administrations.’
    2. 2.2North American [count noun] The term of office of a political leader or government:
      ‘the early years of the Reagan Administration’
      • ‘It admits that, so early in this term of its administration.’
      • ‘Parliament might well resemble the Italian legislature, with short term administrations.’
      • ‘Their timing infuriated me, because communities last longer than political administrations.’
      • ‘It goes to those agencies over several administrations; certainly during the Clinton years, during the Bush one years, during the Reagan years.’
      • ‘If you count a term of an administration as a single data point, we have only five data points.’
      • ‘Progress in fixing the problems in education cannot await the outcome of elections, but requires ongoing attention across political administrations.’
      period of office, incumbency
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    3. 2.3[count noun] (in the US) a department or agency of the government:
      ‘the US Food and Drug Administration’
      • ‘This entailed integrating three administrations and reducing 54 departments to 10.’
      • ‘Under the government's draft, future Cabinets would consist of 15 ministries, six councils, two administrations and four independent agencies.’
  • 3[mass noun] The action of dispensing, giving, or applying something:

    ‘the oral administration of the antibiotic’
    ‘the administration of justice’
    • ‘Oral administration of karela juice has shown to improve blood sugar levels.’
    • ‘The administration of justice is being dragged into disrepute.’
    • ‘The administration of justice, it is said, is the strongest pillar of government.’
    • ‘The drug reaches a peak plasma concentration three hours after oral administration, with steady state concentration reached within eight days.’
    • ‘Because many of these drugs are well absorbed after oral administration, they are clinically useful in the outpatient setting.’
    • ‘Double-blind evaluations of oral administration of Salvia seem warranted.’
    • ‘The preference is for oral or intravenous administration in lieu of intramuscular medications.’
    • ‘But the family, he added, understands ‘that the fair administration of justice takes time.’’
    • ‘Besides oral administration, herbs and flowers were frequently recommended for use in baths.’
    • ‘Common routes of administration include oral, intranasal, and intravenous.’
    • ‘He says it is a well-established norm that conciliation is part of administration of justice.’
    • ‘Don't assume capsules are only intended for oral administration.’
    • ‘The drug is rapidly absorbed after oral administration and metabolized extensively in the liver.’
    • ‘Participants stopped taking warfarin for at least one day and received vitamin K by oral or subcutaneous administration.’
    • ‘The claim that bromelain cannot be effective after oral administration is definitely refuted at this time.’
    • ‘A much better deterrent than flogging would be an efficient police service, coupled with the speedy administration of justice.’
    • ‘An attempt has been made to observe such alterations by using oral administration of another carcinogen to the same strain.’
    • ‘The administration of justice has to be in a safe environment for everyone's sake, including the accused.’
    • ‘Oral administration is preferred, and doses should be given at regular intervals around the clock to provide good pain control.’
    • ‘If we can't stop crime, at least we can do is aim for the effective administration of justice.’
    dispensation, dispensing, delivering, issuing, giving, provision, providing, application, applying, discharge, allotment, distribution, apportionment, apportioning, dealing out, handing out, meting out, measuring out, doling out, disbursement, disbursing, bestowal
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Origin

Middle English: from Latin administratio(n-), from the verb administrare (see administer).

Pronunciation:

administration

/ədmɪnɪˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/