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Meaning & Definition of Administer in English

English

Administer

/ədmɪnəstər/

verb

1. Work in an administrative capacity

  • Supervise or be in charge of
  • "Administer a program"
  • "She administers the funds"
    synonym:
  • administer
  • ,
  • administrate

2. Perform (a church sacrament) ritually

  • "Administer the last unction"
    synonym:
  • administer

3. Administer or bestow, as in small portions

  • "Administer critical remarks to everyone present"
  • "Dole out some money"
  • "Shell out pocket money for the children"
  • "Deal a blow to someone"
  • "The machine dispenses soft drinks"
    synonym:
  • distribute
  • ,
  • administer
  • ,
  • mete out
  • ,
  • deal
  • ,
  • parcel out
  • ,
  • lot
  • ,
  • dispense
  • ,
  • shell out
  • ,
  • deal out
  • ,
  • dish out
  • ,
  • allot
  • ,
  • dole out

4. Give or apply (medications)

    synonym:
  • administer
  • ,
  • dispense

5. Direct the taking of

  • "Administer an exam"
  • "Administer an oath"
    synonym:
  • administer