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.

Definitions of administer
  1. verb
    work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
    administer a program”
    “she administers the funds”
    synonyms: administrate
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    administer a pontifical office
    manage, oversee, superintend, supervise
    watch and direct
    order, supervise, or finance the construction of
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    care, deal, handle, manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  2. verb
    direct the taking of
    administer an exam”
    administer an oath”
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    type of:
    be in charge of
  3. verb
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
    administer the last unction”
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    breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit
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    apply, give
    give or convey physically
  4. verb
    give or apply (medications)
    synonyms: dispense
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    give a transfusion (e.g., of blood) to
    administer digitalis such that the patient benefits maximally without getting adverse effects
    inject, shoot
    give an injection to
    give (as medicine)
    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
  5. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    administer critical remarks to everyone present”
    synonyms: allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    allot again
    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
    deal cards wrongly
    apply (the tread) to a tire
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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