- 1[often passive] administer something to manage and organize the affairs of a company, an organization, a country, etc. synonym manage to administer a charity/fund/school the high cost of administering medical services The pension funds are administered by commercial banks.
- 2administer something to make sure that something is done fairly and in the correct way to administer justice/the law The questionnaire was administered by trained interviewers.
- 3administer something (to somebody) (formal) to give or to provide something, especially in a formal way The teacher has the authority to administer punishment. A taxi driver administered first aid to the victims. The priest was called to administer the last rites.
- 4[often passive] (formal) to give drugs, medicine, etc. to someone administer something Police believe his wife could not have administered the poison. administer something to somebody The dose was administered to the child intravenously.
- 5administer a kick, a punch, etc. (to somebody/something) (formal) to kick or to hit someone or something He administered a severe blow to his opponent's head.
NAmE//ədˈmɪnəstər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they administer
he / she / it administers
past simple administered
-ing form administering