Meaning of “administer” in the English Dictionary

"administer" in British English

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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.

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  • King Darius I is noteworthy for his administrative reforms, military conquests, and religious toleration.
  • an administrative assistant
  • The cost-cutting measures include streamlining administrative procedures in the company.
  • This software claims to reduce administrative costs.
  • The new study looks at the amount of time police officers spend on administrative tasks.
  • We're engaging the services of a professional administrator.
  • Our new administrator seems to be trying to stamp her authority on every aspect of the department.
  • The new administrator in accounts is a real stunner.
  • a college/hospital administrator
  • Both teachers and administrators opposed the proposal to merge the two schools.
  • Reputable charities spend the lion's share of donations on aid and a tiny fraction on administration.
  • Eastern Slavonia is to revert to Croatian government rule next year after a transitional period under U.N. administration.
  • Keeping noise levels low is the bane of airport administration.
  • The new administration is still in the shakedown period.
  • Hard-liners are expected to be purged from the administration.

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)