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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All student organizations are administered by representatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who will administer the department's business?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the electric council which administers the industry has insisted on gradual rate increases in an effort to avoid social upheaval against the measure.’
    • ‘Yang will continue to devote ‘a sufficient amount of his time and attention’ to direct and administer the group's business, the company said.’
    • ‘The Old Company followed suit in February 1797, although it continued to administer the business from Berwick.’
    • ‘The project is administered by a community organization in Cape Breton.’
    • ‘It will continue to administer the existing business in Salisbury.’
    • ‘Police training promoted and administered by domestic violence organizations have brought about undeniable improvements in the way police respond to domestic violence calls.’
    • ‘Land boards, composed of elected and appointed members, administer the allocation of tribal land.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the governmental department administering the railway industry, has the right to make adjustments to prices within the industry.’
    • ‘Zhou suggested closing some small-scale animal farms in poor condition in order to better administer the industry.’
    • ‘Skylink will manage and administer the airports.’
    • ‘Some, as Telberg suggests, say it's self-preservation: the holders will be required to join whatever organization ultimately administers it.’
    • ‘I just thought that I was helping someone else administer the website.’
    • ‘California requires any organization that administers a gift annuity program to provide adequate reserves for any annuities sold in California or to California residents.’
    • ‘The site is operated by the Pew Center on the States, a research organization administered by the University of Richmond.’
    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. 1.1 Be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources)
      ‘a federal agency would administer new regulations’
      • ‘Attorney Generals admitted it had not even asked the States - which make and administer the criminal law - for their views on possible gaps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could do nothing, in the face of the present attitudes and philosophies of those who administer our laws.’
      • ‘It is charged with administering the electoral laws of Australia on behalf of the Australian people.’
      • ‘The natural regulator for administering laws relating to investments is the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.’
      • ‘After legislation is passed, laws are administered through regulatory agencies (eg, state boards of nursing).’
      • ‘He was, in our respectful submission, doing nothing more and charged with nothing more than administering the law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The challenge for those who draft and administer laws is to do so in ways that promote stability and predictability while affording reasonable flexibility.’
      • ‘The military, however, also had problems administering the law.’
      • ‘I'm old and tired and I don't want to administer these laws.’
      • ‘There is a recognised division of responsibility in administering the law - no one can, for example, be simultaneously judge, prosecutor, and public defender.’
      • ‘He explained about the process of adapting to globalization and how we should administer our human resources in the modern world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And if players are unwilling to take responsibility for naming names then they can hardly complain about those who attempt to administer the laws.’
      • ‘We asked the Government departments responsible for administering the subordinate legislation their views on these particular pieces of delegated legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Does the public believe that the court is administering the existing law fairly?’
  • 2Dispense or apply (a remedy or drug)

    ‘paramedic crews are capable of administering drugs’
    • ‘The drug is administered intravenously once a month.’
    • ‘The drug and placebo were administered at school.’
    • ‘Four child therapists who were trained and supervised by an experienced cognitive behavioural therapist administered all therapy.’
    • ‘New York institutions, the study found, were slow to administer drug therapies that effectively fight the illness.’
    • ‘The study drug was administered intravenously at weekly intervals for 5 doses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Misread radiographs and pathology specimens, laboratory errors, and mistakes made in administering radiation therapy also threaten the safety of patients.’
    • ‘Nurses usually prepared and administered intravenous drugs on the wards, but cytotoxic drugs were prepared centrally by the pharmacy department.’
    • ‘We found that emergency facilities ranged widely from the provision of simple analgesia to that of intravenously administered drugs and full resuscitation facilities.’
    • ‘Nurses are taking over tasks from junior doctors administering intravenous drugs, doing endoscopies, preoperative assessment, and some prescribing.’
    • ‘The preoperative nurse or the anesthesia care provider administers a prophylactic antibiotic as requested by the surgeon.’
    • ‘The nurses administer anti-inflammatory medications intramuscularly or per rectum rather than using narcotics, if possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Medical skills are needed to start intravenous lines, set up intravenous infusion sets, and measure out and administer the appropriate drugs.’
    • ‘The steroid is administered intravenously in a dosage of 1 to 2 mg per kg every six to 12 hours.’
    • ‘As a young child, Spear helped the local veterinarian with the livestock, including giving blood transfusions and administering medications.’
    • ‘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 nurse administers preoperative medications ordered by the anesthesia care provider or surgeon.’
    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. 2.1 Deal out or inflict (punishment)
      ‘retribution was administered to those found guilty’
      • ‘Physical punishment is administered, although parents tend to be indulgent with young children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the more practical side, we also have an Animal Protection Law, which administers effective punishments for misuse, abandoning and torture of animals.’
      • ‘Similar regulations on the Continent are either being ignored or blatantly flouted, with no punishment being administered by the member state.’
      • ‘But I'm not sure I agree with police being able to administer corporal punishment!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ma chose to defend his department chiefs rather than administering reasonable punishments and sincerely apologizing for the blunders.’
      • ‘And he used to administer corporal punishment every morning to the boys.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The monotheists among them were deputed to administer this punishment.’
      • ‘Her mother and elder sisters administered these punishments.’
      • ‘‘I volunteer to administer the punishment,’ she announced, raising her hand.’
      • ‘In both, a civil action had been brought against a teacher who had administered corporal punishment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Besides she is his, shouldn't he be the one to administer any punishment?’
      • ‘In the words of the prosecuting lawyer Richard Horwell, ‘The plan was not only to find the thieves but to administer punishment’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A curious person in court then wanted to know if the man had anything to say while he was administering the punishment.’
      • ‘All that's left is to decide whether she or her father should administer the punishment.’
      • ‘Law enforcement officers and medical staff watched whilst the punishment was administered.’
      deliver, deal
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    2. 2.2 (of a priest) perform the rites of (a sacrament, typically the Eucharist).
      • ‘Male pastoral workers are allowed to work in parishes; deacons can administer the sacraments of baptism and marriage.’
      • ‘Parish priest Fr Francis McAteer administered the Last Rites at the scene.’
      • ‘Bishop Donal McKeown administered the sacrament of confirmation to children in the Parish on Thursday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In these either the Congregational minister in situ or from outside or a lay officer of the church has administered the infant baptisms.’
      • ‘The freedom of churches to administer the sacraments is as fundamental a religious liberty as there can be.’
      • ‘Bishop William Lee will administer the sacrament in St. Patrick's Church at 11 a.m.’
      • ‘The Bishop of Killaloe visited the parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the pupils of the local schools.’
      • ‘Father Noel Dunphy administered the Sacrament to the children from the four schools in the parish.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had to preach, administer the sacraments and look after the spiritual welfare of the people.’
      • ‘The means to accomplish this were literate sermons, adhering closely to the liturgy of the church; catechising the young; and administering the sacraments.’
      • ‘I felt as if I'd interrupted a priest administering last rites.’
      • ‘A number of these revisions allow a presbyter to administer some rites of renewal, particularly the renewal of baptismal vows at the Easter Vigil.’
      • ‘The Sacrament will be administered by the priests at the ceremonies.’
      • ‘Bishop Laurence Ryan is only administering the Sacrament of Confirmation in 16 Parishes in 2002.’
      • ‘The clergyman administered the Last Rite upon the departed.’
      • ‘But if you're a sacramental church, you need priests to administer the sacraments.’
    3. 2.3Law archaic Direct the taking of (an oath)
      ‘the chief justice will administer the oath of office’
      • ‘Before administering the oath of an attorney, Judge Hilberman reminded me of four important values we should strive to uphold as attorneys.’
      • ‘Politicians spoke, judges administered the oaths and newly naturalized citizens cheered.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3no object Give help or service.

    ‘we must selflessly administer to his needs’
    • ‘Both employ a vast staff of menials to administer to their favourites.’
    • ‘We administer to and serve people with all kinds of life-styles.’
    • ‘I had one polygraph session, which the FBI did administer to me in January, and I was told I passed and the examiner was satisfied that I had told the truth.’
    • ‘Mark Smith used his little travelling first aid kit to administer to the injured, using what meagre resources he had to help as best he could.’
    • ‘Four English crew are on hand to administer to your every need.’
    • ‘In his zeal to accumulate wealth, Mahmud neglected to administer to the lands he had conquered.’
    • ‘There are some simple tests which Dr. Anselme wishes to administer to you to ascertain your mental capabilities on this particular day.’
    • ‘A huge city of catering operations and portaloos has been built to administer to the workers.’
    • ‘Their mildness and delicious flavor should make them perfect to administer to young children suffering from these conditions.’
    • ‘When they were toddlers, I was supplied with fluoride drops to administer to them when I attended ante-natal classes at the Queen Mother Hospital in Glasgow.’
    • ‘Thailand's beloved elephants need health care and skilled people to administer to the animals.’
    • ‘If oxytocin sounds familiar it's because you've heard about it before - it's what they administer to women to induce childbirth.’
    • ‘Once in Japan, the three surviving doctors are placed in concentration camps and continue to administer to the sick and wounded.’
    • ‘It was August, very hot, and Eoka snipers were shooting at us; on occasion I had to administer to those who had been shot or peppered with shrapnel from a pencil bomb.’
    • ‘Guru Gobind Singh then begged them to administer to him the vows of initiation.’
    • ‘A green light flashed over the small inner hatch and the door swung open as Terry Reeve and a makeshift team of medics stormed in and began to administer to the wounded.’
    • ‘This boiled down to trained nurses being available to administer to the health care needs of prison inmates.’
    • ‘When war broke out, Japan started sending Taiwan's doctors and nurses to Southeast Asia to administer to wounded soldiers.’
    • ‘Three-quarters of the teachers could not pass the exams they administer to their students.’
    • ‘His case was aggravated by the fact that he had been sent to Britain to administer to the community.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

administer

/ədˈminəstər//ədˈmɪnəstər/