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"administration" in British English

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administrationnoun

uk   us   /ədˌmɪn.ɪˈstreɪ.ʃən/
  • administration noun (MANAGING)

C1 (informal admin, uk   /ˈæd.mɪn/ us   ) [U] the ​arrangements and ​tasksneeded to ​control the ​operation of a ​plan or ​organization: Teachers ​complain that more of ​theirtime is taken up with administration than with ​teaching. She has little ​experience in admin (= in ​organizing a ​business, etc.).

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  • administration noun (MANAGEMENT)

C2 [C] the ​people in an ​organization who ​manageitsbusiness and ​operations: The ​decision to ​cancel the ​trip was made by the ​school administration.
  • administration noun (GOVERNMENT)

C2 [C] a ​period of ​government, or the ​people who are in ​government: the Obama administration/the last ​Republican administration
  • administration noun (BUSINESS CLOSING)

[U] UK the ​process that ​takesplace when a ​company cannot ​payitsdebts and is ​allowed to make ​changes to ​itsorganization to ​try to ​avoid going into liquidation (= when a ​business is ​closed and the things it ​owns are ​sold): The ​company has gone into administration, in ​order for ​money to be ​returned to ​creditors.
(Definition of administration from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"administration" in American English

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administrationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ədˌmɪn·əˈstreɪ·ʃən, æd-/
the ​management or ​control of an ​organization: [U] He’s ​studyingbusiness administration. politics & government An administration in the US is the ​period when a President is in ​office: [C] The Clinton administration has been ​full of ​surprises. politics & government An administration is also all of the ​officialsworking in a government's executivebranch .
administrative
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ədˈmɪn·əˌstreɪ·t̬ɪv, æd-/
You will do ​mainly administrative ​work.
administratively
adverb [not gradable]  /ədˈmɪn·əˌstreɪ·t̬ɪv·li, ədˌmɪn·əˈstreɪ-, æd-/
Matthews said ​charges against him should be ​handled administratively.
administrator
noun [C]  us   /ədˈmɪn·əˌstreɪ·t̬ər, æd-/
She ​works as a ​school administrator.
(Definition of administration from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"administration" in Business English

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administrationnoun

uk   us   /ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən/
[U] the ​activity of ​managing or ​dealing with a ​businessactivity: Administration of the ​scheme is ​costly in ​terms of ​time. She ​studied business administration at New York University.
[U] WORKPLACE →  admin
[C] the ​people who ​manage and ​control a large ​organization: Some ​foreignpostal administrations, ​including Britain's and France's, have embraced the ​concept. Will ​medical school administrations and faculty be happy to ​adopt a large ​increase in ​classsize?
[C] (also Administration) GOVERNMENT the ​government of the United ​States or of some other countries: It seems like there's an ​effort to ​centralizeauthority in Washington more than there has been in ​prior administrations. the Obama/Bush/Nixon Administration
[U] UK LAW a ​situation in which an ​independent administratortakescontrol of a ​company that cannot ​pay its ​debts in ​order to ​try to ​improve the company's ​financialsituation and ​keep it ​operating: The ​company has gone into administration, which was ​required if any ​money was to be ​returned to ​creditors. His ​businessempire continues to ​trade and is not in administration.
(Definition of administration from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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