Administer

Definition of Administer

Ad`min´is`ter
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Administered ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Administering.]
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.
- Philips.
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.
- Macaulay.
4.To tender, as an oath.
Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer.
- Shak.
5.(Law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
v. i.1.To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.
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.
n.1.Administrator.

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