administer

ad•min•is•ter
[[t]ædˈmɪn ə stər[/t]] v. t.
1) to direct or manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of
2) to bring into use or operation:
to administer justice[/ex]
3) to dispense, esp. formally:
to administer the sacraments[/ex]
4) to give or apply:
to administer medicine[/ex]
5) to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like)
6) law Law. to manage or dispose of (an estate or a trust) as executor, administrator, or trustee
7) to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies; minister:
to administer to the poor[/ex]
8) to perform the duties of an administrator
Etymology: 1325–75; ME amynistren (with a- V) < MF aministrer < L administrāre to assist, carry out, manage the affairs of (see ad-, minister) ad•min′is•tra•ble, adj. ad•min′is•trant, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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