verb: 1. to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of: to administer the law. 2. to bring into use or operation: to administer justice; to administer last rites. 3. to make application of; give: to administer medicine. 4. to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like). 5. to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually followed by to): to administer to the poor. 6. to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively. 7. to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc). 8. to put into execution; dispense: administer justice. 9. (when intr, foll by to) to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief. 10. to apply formally; perform: to administer extreme unction. 11. to supervise or impose the taking of (an oath, etc). 12. to manage or distribute (an estate, property, etc). 13. to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of: administer a trust fund. 14. to provide or apply : dispense: administer justice; administer punishment. 15. to give officially or as part of a ritual: administer a test; administer the last rites. 16. to give remedially: administer a dose of medicine. 17. to perform the office of administrator. 18. to furnish a benefit : minister: administer to an ailing friend. 19. to manage affairs. Law: to manage or dispose of, as a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator or a trust estate by a trustee. Examples: As a cost-saving measure, voters have elected to have the two towns administered jointly. The UN personnel are there to help administer the territory. Related Words: execute, oversee, supervise, conduct, direct, govern, administrate, authorize, impose, extend, give, provide, serve, distribute, deliver, disburse, perform, apply, regulate, control. principle. Synonyms: conduct, control, execute; direct, superintend, supervise, oversee. distribute, supply, furnish. allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, hand out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate. Antonyms: misallocate. Synonym Study: Rule, administer, command, govern, manage mean to exercise authoritative guidance or direction. Rule implies the exercise of authority as by a sovereign: to rule a kingdom. Administer places emphasis on the planned and orderly procedures used: to administer the finances of an institution. Command suggests military authority and the power to exact obedience; to be in command of: to command a ship. To govern is authoritatively to guide or direct persons or things, especially in the affairs of a large administrative unit: to govern a state. To manage is to conduct affairs, i.e., to guide them in a unified way toward a definite goal, or to direct or control people, often by tact, address, or artifice: to manage a business. Origin: 1325–75; < Latin administrāre to assist, carry out, manage the affairs of (see ad-, minister); replacing Middle English amynistre (with a-5) < Middle French aministrer. C14: amynistre, via Old French from Latin administrare, from ad- to + ministrāre to minister. First Known Use: 14th century. History and Etymology: Middle English administren, aministren, borrowed from Anglo-French administrer, aministrer, borrowed from Latin administrāre "to assist, operate, perform, manage the affairs of," from ad- ad- + ministrāre "to wait on, serve, furnish" — more at minister entry 2.
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