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administerverb

uk   /ədˈmɪn.ɪ.stər/ us   /ədˈmɪn.ə.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 present government.
[T often passive] to govern a country, region, etc.: The economy has been badly administered by the present government.
  • administer verb (GIVE)

[T] formal to cause someone to receive something: to administer medicine/punishment/relief Tests will be administered to schoolchildren at seven and twelve years.figurative The latest opinion polls have administered a severe blow to the party.
administer an oath to sb formal
to be present while someone says an oath (= a formal promise) 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   /ədˈmɪnɪstər/ us  
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 business activity: 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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“administer” in British English

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