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"administer" in British English

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administerverb

uk   /ədˈmɪn.ɪ.stər/  us   /-stɚ/
  • administer verb (MANAGE)

[T often passive] (also administrate /ədˈmɪn.ɪ.streɪt/ ) to ​control the ​operation or ​arrangement of something: The ​economy has been ​badly administered by the ​presentgovernment. [T often passive] to ​govern a ​country, ​region, etc.: The ​economy has been ​badly administered by the ​presentgovernment.

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  • administer verb (GIVE)

[T] formal to ​cause someone to ​receive something: to administer ​medicine/​punishment/​relief Tests will be administered toschoolchildren at seven and twelve ​years.figurative The ​latestopinionpolls have administered a ​severeblow to the ​party.administer an oath to sb formal to be ​present while someone says an oath (= a ​formalpromise)officially
(Definition of administer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"administer" in American English

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administerverb [T]

 us   /ədˈmɪn·ə·stər, æd-/
  • administer verb [T] (MANAGE)

(also administrate,  /ədˈmɪn·əˌstreɪt/ ) to ​manage or ​control the ​operation of something; ​govern: The British administered Hong Kong for 99 ​years.
  • administer verb [T] (GIVE)

to be ​responsible for giving something to someone: Two proctors administered the ​exam. She administers ​medicines to ​patients.
(Definition of administer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"administer" in Business English

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administerverb [T]

uk   us   /ədˈmɪnɪstər/
to give something to someone: administer drugs/a test The ​medication was administered by someone in another ​room.administer justice/a punishment It's up to the ​courts to administer ​justice.administer advice/help Training and Enterprise Councils in the rest of Britain are administering a ​range of ​help such as youth ​training.administer sth to sb This ​drug should not be administered to the very young.
(also administrate) to ​manage or ​deal with a ​businessactivity: The ​cost to administer the ​program was $70,000. My ​job is to administer ​bookings.
(Definition of administer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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