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Pronunciation:  ad'ministur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give or apply, as of medications
  2. [v]  administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"
  3. [v]  administer ritually; of church sacraments
  4. [v]  work in an administrative capacity; supervise; "administer a program"

ADMINISTER is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: administrate, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
 See Also: apply, apply, assign, care, care for, deal, digitalize, execute, give, give, handle, inject, insufflate, manage, oversee, pontificate, portion, put to death, reallot, shoot, superintend, supervise, transfuse, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ad*min"is*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Administered};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Administering}.] [OE. aministren, OF.
    aministrer, F. administer, fr. L. administrare; ad +
    ministrare to serve. See {Minister}.]
    1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or
       superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as,
       to administer the government or the state.
             For forms of government let fools contest: Whate'er
             is best administered is best.         --Pope.
    2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to
       administer relief, to administer the sacrament.
             [Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs.
             Justice was administered with an exactness and
             purity not before known.              --Macaulay.
    3. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or
       something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a
       reproof, etc.
             A noxious drug had been administered to him.
    4. To tender, as an oath.
             Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer.
    5. (Law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a
       will, or whose will fails of an executor.
    Syn: To manage; conduct; minister; supply; dispense; give
         out; distribute; furnish.
  2. \Ad*min"is*ter\, v. i.
    1. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to
             A fountain . . . administers to the pleasure as well
             as the plenty of the place.           --Spectator.
    2. (Law) To perform the office of administrator; to act
       officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B.
  3. \Ad*min"is*ter\, n.
    Administrator. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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