administer

When you administer something, you give it to others. This can apply to a dose of medicine, an order, a survey, or a punishment. Administer can also mean to run something — such as a school or an office.

The word administer belongs to a family of words, all having to do with being in charge: administration, administrator, and administrative. Strangely, administer comes from the Latin word minister meaning "servant." So, if your boss or principal administers an instruction that you disagree with, just think of that person as your servant. Doing so will help you carry out your duties with a smile.

Primary Meanings of administer

1.
v
work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
2.
v
give or apply (medications)
Full Definitions of administer
1

v work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of

administer a program”
“she administers the funds”
Synonyms:
administrate
Types:
pontificate
administer a pontifical office
manage, oversee, superintend, supervise
watch and direct
build
order, supervise, or finance the construction of
Type of:
care, deal, handle, manage
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

v direct the taking of

administer an exam”
administer an oath”
Type of:
direct
be in charge of

v perform (a church sacrament) ritually

administer the last unction”
Types:
insufflate
breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit
Type of:
apply, give
give or convey physically
2

v give or apply (medications)

Synonyms:
dispense
Types:
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transfuse
give a transfusion (e.g., of blood) to
digitalize
administer digitalis such that the patient benefits maximally without getting adverse effects
inject, shoot
give an injection to
give
give (as medicine)
infuse
introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes
immunise, immunize, inoculate, vaccinate
perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for

v administer or bestow, as in small portions

administer critical remarks to everyone present”
Synonyms:
allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
Types:
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allot, assign, portion
give out
reallot
allot again
deal
distribute cards to the players in a game
apply, give
give or convey physically
allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
allocate, apportion
distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
misdeal
deal cards wrongly
tread
apply (the tread) to a tire
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody