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administer

verb 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 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
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