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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 Business of Medical Practice (2010)

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

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 (MI) ...

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 previewDysphagia (2015)

Clinical Management in Adults and Children by Michael E. Groher, Michael A. Crary

The easiest test to administer is the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI).95 Patients are asked to answer questions about nine items that are sensitive to LPR detection. Each answer is scored on a 5-point scale. An RSI score greater than 10 suggests ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke

ADMINISTER. —To “ administer ” a Poison or a Drug, embraces every mode of giving it, or causing it to be taken (La Beau v. People, 34 X. Y. 233). A person who supplies a woman ...

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 previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Quantitative Management Research (2011)

by Luiz Moutinho, Graeme D Hutcheson

Table 28 Static group comparison design No action taken Administer a experimental group treatment measure Table 29 Post-test only control group comparison design Steps 1 and 2 Step 3 Step 4 coefficients contribute more to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Health (2015)

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

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 ...

Google previewThe Law Lexicon Or Dictionary of Jurisprudence (1867)

Explaining the Technical Words and Phrases Employed in the Several Departments of English Law... by J.J.S. WHARTON

or before a London Commissioner to administer oaths, and take declarations, aifirmations, and attestations of honour in Chancery, the fee being ls. 6d.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

It takes around 30 minutes to administer, with an extra 20 minutes for the optional subtests. The WMS–III is the third edition, with the original version first appearing in 1945. It is considered by many to be the best memory assessment available.

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

c 1–3 hours to administer; Clinical and Research Version; corresponds to DSM- IV diagnoses; moderate training needed 1–2 hours to administer; assessment of ...

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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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