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  1. ad·min·is·ter
    IPA[ədˈminəstər]
  2. verb

    • 1. manage and be responsible for the running of (a business, organization, etc.):

      each school was administered separately
      Synonym : manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot, exercise control over, be in control of, be in charge of, be in command of, take care of, look after, be responsible for, be at the helm of, hold sway over, head up, call the shots, call the tune, pull the strings, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle
    • 2. be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources):

      a federal agency would administer new regulations
    • 3. dispense or apply (a remedy or drug):

      paramedic crews are capable of administering drugs
      Synonym : dispense, deliver, issue, give, provide, apply, discharge, allot, distribute, apportion, deal, hand out, mete out, measure out, dole out, disburse, bestow, inflict, impose, enforce, deal out, serve out, exact
    • 4. deal out or inflict (punishment):

      retribution was administered to those found guilty
    • 5. (of a priest) perform the rites of (a sacrament, typically the Eucharist):

      he administered the sacraments to the flock
    • 6. direct the taking of (an oath):

      the chief justice will administer the oath of office
    • 7. give help or service:

      we must selflessly administer to his needs
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: administer, 3rd person present: administers, gerund or present participle: administering, past tense: administered, past participle: administered

    • verb

      manage and be responsible for the running of (a business, organization, etc.):

      be responsible for the implementation or use of (law or resources):

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