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Definition of the verb administer

What does administer mean as a doing word?

Administer is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: administered | administering | administers

  1. work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
  2. perform (a church sacrament) ritually
    • example: administer the last unction
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Some of the members may donate privately
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I donated my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] among [Recipient, plural]She distributed the money among oversea units
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]He donated directly to JSP members | The bank lent to fewer customers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Theme]He is willing to sacrifice to the arbitrage trader some small profit

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): donate, forfeit, sacrifice, submit, surrender.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: apply / give = give or convey physically
    • more specific word: insufflate = breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit
    • entailment: execute / put to death = kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
  3. administer or bestow, as in small portions
  4. give or apply (medications)
  5. direct the taking of
    • examples: administer an exam | administer an oath
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of

Alternative definition of the verb administer


  1. [transitive] To cause to take, either by openly offering or through deceit.
  2. [transitive] To apportion out, as in administering justice.
  3. [transitive] To manage or supervise the conduct, performance or execution of; to govern or regulate the parameters for the conduct, performance or execution of; to work in an administrative capacity.
  4. [intransitive] To minister to, as in administering to the sick.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for administer

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Google previewThe Psychology Research Handbook (2006)

A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants by Frederick T. L. Leong, James T. Austin

Interviews Probably the most time-consuming and costly survey form to administer is the interview. Interviews have many advantages, however, including (a) allowing the respondent to reveal otherwise concealed attitudes ...

Google previewThe Business of Medical Practice (2010)

Transformational Health 2.0 Skills for Doctors, Third Edition by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

to administer is a risk from a medicolegal standpoint. Offices that perform high- risk procedures, that is, cardiac stress tests should have a more elaborate emergency kit to support initial treatment for a cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction ...

Google previewHer Act and Deed (2001)

Women's Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-1873 by Angela Boswell

The most striking aspect of frontier widows' administrations and choice to administer is that so many of them chose to do so. More frontier widows administered estates in Colorado County than during the antebellum, Civil War, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Health (2015)

Nutritional considerations Possible gastrointestinal side effects Comments/recommendations Elvitegravir/cobicistat, emtricitabine/ tenofovir Administer with food Consider calcium and vitamin D supplementation in patients ...

Google previewLivestock Health Encyclopedia (2013)

by Rudolph Seiden, Richard R. Dykstra, W. James Gough

Arsenic compounds: Induce vomiting; administer 1% sodium thiosulfate solution; give milk of magnesia or egg albumin; combat collapse; follow treatment with castor oil. ->DIMERCAPROL. 7. Carbon monoxide (automobile exhaust gas, etc. ): ...

Google previewFowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield

administer, administrate. 1 administrate. In the meaning 'manage and be responsible for the running of' something, inspires fear and loathing in editors or others alert to the intricacies of English usage. That consummate wordsmith ...

Google previewA Complete Encyclopedia of Virginia Law (1922)

Being a Concise But Complete Alphabetical Presentation of the Present Common and Statute Law, Civil and Criminal of the Commonwealth Based on the Monumental Works of Dr. B. Minor, Etc.; with Forms by Samuel Need Hurst

— "If any person administer or attempt to administer any poison or dis- tructive thing in food, drink, medicine, or otherwise, or poison any spring, well, reservoir of water with intent to kill or ...

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Usage statistics about administer

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about administer

Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. (Andrew Carnegie)
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Scrabble value of A1D2M3I1N1I1S1T1E1R1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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