Definition of administration in US English:

administration

noun

  • 1The process or activity of running a business, organization, etc.

    ‘the day-to-day administration of the company’
    ‘a career in arts administration’
    as modifier ‘administration costs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One chapter describes the documentation process of medication administration and teaching.’
    • ‘She holds a master's in business administration from the Wharton School.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Northern Territory the Federal government confined its agricultural activities mainly to administration and experiment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trade union leaders boast of their ‘long record of effective administration and organisation’.’
    • ‘The primary care organisations are required to deliver a 15 percent cut in administration costs almost immediately.’
    • ‘The underwater cleanup was the second combined effort of its kind organized by the city administration, the local community and the private sector.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As they have done each and every year, Pattaya's city administration and private sector organized a festival for the auspicious occasion.’
    • ‘They bog down in the day-to-day administration of a small business and bemoan the lack of time to draw.’
    • ‘This individual has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a master of business administration degree.’
    • ‘The awards were in courses such as business administration, information processing, performing arts and art, craft and design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In order to cut costs, city hall administration said large businesses and government departments need to reduce the amount of garbage they produce.’
    • ‘Arts and social science programmes replaced courses in business and administration as the first choice for most degree applicants this year.’
    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 this, regarded collectively.
      ‘the university administration took their demands seriously’
      • ‘Does it warrant a staff letter requesting the administration's response to the complaint?’
      • ‘Claiming that politics had no place in the university, the administration denied space to the event.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the university said that the administration was very ‘ticked off’ about the affair.’
      • ‘But he is responsible for the administration's actions since then.’
      • ‘I think he attributes too little power, and thus too little responsibility, to the administration.’
      • ‘The operators later changed their minds after the administration rejected their demand for the subsidy.’
      • ‘The farmers hold the administration responsible for the mess.’
      • ‘Were these trends inevitable, or should the current administration be held responsible?’
      • ‘Thus, it is uncontested that the administration is wholly responsible for the imposition of the new steel tariffs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for me, I'm inclined toward diversifying methods to force the administration to meet our demands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Officials with the administration said the person responsible for the overloading would be severely punished.’
      • ‘What is responsible is for the administration to do this properly now.’
      • ‘Encouraged by the response, the administration opened a mini museum in Mysore.’
      • ‘According to H. Dapet, the administration agreed to fulfill their demands at the meeting.’
      • ‘His aim is to present the administration as a responsible international player, concerned not to be the engine of proliferation.’
      • ‘The good news is that the administration now realizes this.’
      • ‘Ostensibly, the administration is responsive to the people.’
    2. 1.2Law The management and disposal of the property of an intestate, deceased person, debtor, or other individual, or of an insolvent company, by a legally appointed administrator.
      ‘the company went into administration’
      as modifier ‘an administration order’
      • ‘The club went into administration and was rescued by a supporters' consortium which scraped together £210,000 to keep it afloat.’
      • ‘Shortly thereafter it went into insolvency administration.’
      • ‘Angry creditors have been left owed thousands of pounds after a Yorkshire estate agent went into administration, it emerged yesterday.’
      • ‘An obvious example would be, he submits, if the Company went into administration for the purposes of the Insolvency Act 1986.’
      • ‘It went into administration in May last year and was liquidated in January, with debts thought to be around £70m.’
      bankruptcy, liquidation, failure, collapse, ruin, financial ruin, ruination
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  • 2The management of public affairs; government.

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

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

/ədˌminəˈstrāSH(ə)n//ədˌmɪnəˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/