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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-min-uh-ster]
    • /ædˈmɪn ə stər/
    • /ədˈmɪn.ɪ.stər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-min-uh-ster]
    • /ædˈmɪn ə stər/

Definitions of administer word

  • verb administer If someone administers something such as a country, the law, or a test, they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it. 3
  • verb administer If a doctor or a nurse administers a drug, they give it to a patient. 3
  • verb administer If someone administers a punch or a kick, they punch or kick someone. 3
  • verb administer to direct or control (the affairs of a business, government, etc) 3
  • verb administer to put into execution; dispense 3
  • verb administer to give or apply (medicine, assistance, etc) as a remedy or relief 3

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Origin of administer

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; < Latin administrāre to assist, carry out, manage the affairs of (see ad-, minister); replacing Middle English amynistre (with a-5) < Middle French aministrer

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Parts of speech for Administer


administer popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for administer

verb administer

  • oversee — to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage: He was hired to oversee the construction crews.
  • supervise — to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
  • conduct — When you conduct an activity or task, you organize it and carry it out.
  • direct — to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.
  • govern — to rule over by right of authority: to govern a nation.

Antonyms for administer

verb administer

  • obey — to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.
  • forego — forgo.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • frustrate — to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.

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