Definition of administration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃn//
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  1. 1(informal admin) [uncountable] the activities that are done in order to plan, organize and run a business, school or other institution Administration costs are passed on to the customer. the day-to-day administration of a company I work in the Sales Administration department. See related entries: Running a business
  2. 2[uncountable] the process or act of organizing the way that something is done the administration of justice
  3. 3[countable] the people who plan, organize and run a business, an institution, etc. university administrations
  4. 4(also Administration) [countable] the government of a country, especially the US the Obama administration Successive administrations have failed to solve the country's economic problems.
  5. 5[uncountable] (formal) the act of giving a drug to somebody the administration of antibiotics See related entries: Medication
  6. 6[uncountable] (British English, Australian English, law) a situation in which the financial affairs of a business that cannot pay its debts are managed by an independent administrator If it cannot find extra funds, the company will go into administration. compare Chapter 11
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin administratio(n-), from the verb administrare , from ad- ‘to’ + ministrare ‘wait upon’, from minister ‘servant’, from minus ‘less’.Extra examples The college loses a lot of money through poor administration. the handover of sovereignty by the British colonial administration the role of the UN in the setting-up of an interim administration A large part of his job involves routine administration. He continued as head of a caretaker administration. He has been in dispute with the New Zealand cricket administration. He was Secretary of Education in Bush’s first administration. Her resignation is the second of a senior member of the administration within a month. The current administration will remain in office until elections in November. The hospital administration can refuse patients’ access to their own records. The prison administration is working hard to improve the service. They are gradually doing away with centralized bureaucratic administration. Until now, she has been entirely responsible for the administration of the school. during/​under the Reagan/​Clinton/​Bush Administration the administration of justice/​antibiotics the school/​college/​university/​prison/​hospital administration
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